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: Nancy Picks & Chooses (2008), A Message from the East (2009), Single Waltz (2010), Fate Accompli (2012), Bailout (2012), and the indie coming-of-age film, Scary Normal (2013). He is about to begin work on the anticipated feature documentary Alex & Ali (Dir.: Malachi Leopold), and Sacrifice, a short film with director Melissa Marlette.
Drew studied film music with former Disney music executive Andy Hill, Civic Orchestra Conductor Cliff Colnot, Composers Mike Reagan, Ilya Levinson, 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 Wall2Wall Studios in Chicago.
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, 2008) and Promised Land (Dir: Gus Van Sant, 2012), as well as in many national commercials. Drew was also the composer and sound designer for the original audio dramas, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Wanderer (Big Finish Productions/BBC), and Graceless II (Big Finish).
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), Love Taps (2010), and Eyes Without A Face (2012). 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 final year with CTT, he established and music directed their first live touring ensemble, performing regularly (and rocking out!) 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) and Kala: A Musical Faerie Tale (2003). 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 is home to the fuse:chicago podcast, and has been privileged to receive some of the most talented musicians in Chicago for recording sessions and cocktails, including Sirena, Duo Controverso, Ryan Muncy, Habib Wardak, Kim Sopata, Robert Reinhart, Samantha O’Connell, Annette Bjorling, Phillip Serna, Zeshan Bagewadi, and many others.
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.
The Blue Police Box Music Team
Associate Producer – Gabriel Dib
Administrative Superhero – Tyler James Greene
Mascot – Max the Cat
Former Team Members
Associate Producer – Jon Brennan
Score Preparation – Matthew A.C. Cohen & Sergei Stern
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