Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film and theatre composer. He is the owner of the Blue Police Box Music studio on Chicago’s north side, and an adjunct professor of film music in Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Music Composition for the Screen program.
As a film composer, Drew has scored a number of short and feature length films and documentaries, including: A Message from the East (2009), Fate Accompli (2012), Bailout (2012), and the indie coming-of-age film, Scary Normal (2013). In 2014, he completed work on the anticipated feature documentary, Alex & Ali (Dir.: Malachi Leopold), which has since won both audience and jury awards at film festivals around the world. He also recently finished the scores for the short films Mike India Alpha (Dir.: Melissa Marlette), Safe Word (Dir.: Todd Lillethun), and the amazing shorts Bowes Academy & Get The F K Outta Paris with Director Greg Emetaz.
Drew studied film and video game music with former Disney music executive Andy Hill, Composers Ilya Levinson, Mike Reagan, Lennie Moore, Sebastian Huydts, and Jeff Rona, and conducting with acclaimed conductor of “The Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses,” Eimear Noone. His orchestral scores have been recorded at the LA Sound Gallery and The Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, and – in Chicago – at CRC and Wall2Wall Studios. He is currently working on his first video game score with the DePaul University capstone video game design team.
Mr. Edwards is the composer for the web series’ Trep Life (Left Brain Right Brain Productions/Inc. Magazine) and Dorkumentary TV (Tarleton/Dawn Productions), and his work has been heard on television and in theatres across the country in the trailers for Bride Flight (Dir.: Ben Sombogaart) and Promised Land (Dir: Gus Van Sant), as well as in many national commercials. Drew created the music and sound design for the original audio dramas, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Wanderer (Big Finish Productions/BBC), and Graceless II (Big Finish), as well as for the General Admission podcast with WBEZ radio.
He has been announced as the composer for the forthcoming UK TV series, Light & Shadows, which will begin filming later this year, in addition to his work for Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Web/TV series Easy Abby, and the short film, Angle of Incidence (Dir.: Eric Neal). Drew is also attached to the feature films Market Value (Dir.: Wendell Etherly) and Sin Verite (Dir.: Lomai), both of which are shooting in the Spring of 2015.
Drew was recently commissioned to write an original piece for NY-based modern dance company, LehrerDance, and is almost finished with his first collaboration with tap-dancer Martin Bronson and Audible Odyssey. From 2008-2012, he was the Composer-in-Residence for Chicago Tap Theatre. In collaboration with the company – and award-winning Artistic Director Mark Yonally – he wrote the music for three full-length “Tap Opera” story shows: Little Dead Riding Hood (2009), Eyes Without A Face (2012), and Love Taps (2010), which was just remounted this year. Additionally, he provided original music and sound design for The Hourglass and The Poisoned Pen (2008) and Changes (2011), as well as several original pieces for holiday and concert performances. In his last year with CTT, he established and music directed their first live touring ensemble, performing regularly with them across the country.
His concert piece, The Glacier Sequence, premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2011 by the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and continues to be a staple of their repertoire.
Drew’s music has been heard on the theatre stage for many years, including two original full-length musicals with Jennifer Bechtel, Scarlet Lines: A Gothic Musical (1997) & Kala: A Musical Faerie Tale (2003), and a twisted one-man cabaret show, Fitz & Walloughs Get It In The End! (2007), with Micah Bucey and Paul Hagen. He composed the incidental music for Athena Theatre’s productions of Metamorphoses (2008, LA) and True West (2010, NYC), as well as original music for productions of The Laramie Project (NYC, 2006), The Skriker (UIUC, 1995), Wait Until Dark (UIUC, 1996), and many more.
The Blue Police Box Music studio has been privileged to receive some of the most talented artists in Chicago for recording sessions and cocktails, including Sirena, Duo Controverso, Stephen Cone, Ryan Muncy, Habib Wardak, Tonya Saracho, Kim Sopata, Robert Reinhart, Samantha O’Connell, Molly Brennan, Annette Bjorling, Phillip Serna, Zeshan Bagewadi, and many more.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently an adjunct professor.
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