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). He recently completed work on the anticipated feature documentary Alex & Ali (Dir.: Malachi Leopold), and Mike India Alpha, a short film with director Melissa Marlette. He also just finished the music on the outstanding short films, Bowes Academy (Dir.: Greg Emetaz) and Safe Word (Dir.: Todd Lillethun).
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.
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 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). He was recently announced as the composer for the forthcoming UK TV series, Light & Shadows, which will begin filming later this year, as well as the short film, Angle of Incidence (Dir.: Eric Neal).
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 (and rocking out!) with them across the country. Drew has recently been commissioned to write an original piece in collaboration with Jon Lehrer of LehrerDance, and will be again working with Lin Shook Schalek and Perceptual Motion, later this year.
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 General Admission 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
Assistant Produceer – Logan Stahley & Brittany Dunton
Administrative Superheroes – Tyler Greene & Lauren Linscott
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Past Team Members
Associate Producer – Gabriel Dib & Jon Brennan
Score Preparation – Steven Spiel, Steven Melin, Ben Li & Sergei Stern