Danny Elfman, composer

Meet Danny

Danny Elfman appeared on Show 302, recorded in Denver, CO, on February, 20, 2015.

Over the last 30 years, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward ScissorhandsWantedCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMission: ImpossiblePlanet of the ApesA Simple PlanTo Die ForSpider-Man (1 & 2)BatmanDolores ClaiborneSommersbyChicagoDick TracyThe Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. Elfman’s most recent work includes David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American HustleMr. Peabody & Sherman, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Oz the Great and Powerful, Errol Morris’ The Unknown KnownThe End of the TourTulip Fever and Fifty Shades of Grey. A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. (25 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history.) In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, a symphony Serenada Schizophrana for Carnegie Hall, an overture The Overeager Overture for the Hollywood Bowl, and, most recently, Iris—a Cirque du Soleil show at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton had its concert premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Listen to Danny

Show 302, Denver, CO
Works by Danny Elfman: Wolfe Suite Part 1 from The Wolfman

Show 302, Denver, CO
Works by Danny Elfman: Harvey's theme from Milk

Show 302, Denver, CO
Works by Danny Elfman: "Jack's Lament" from Nightmare Before Christmas