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Joseph Trapanese: Bio

Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like "Tron: Legacy," "Straight Outta Compton," "Oblivion," and the "Raid" series.  As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney's "Tron" reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film "The Raid: Redemption" (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with "The Raid 2"). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83's breakthrough hit "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," which led to the pair's collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion".  For 2017's "The Greatest Showman," Trapanese worked alongside Pasek & Paul and John Debney, producing songs and co-composing the score. 

Notable solo scores include "Robin Hood" (2018), "Only The Brave" (2017), the landmark rap biopic "Straight Outta Compton" (2015), "Earth to Echo" (2014), and the second and third installments of the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent" (2015) and "Allegiant" (2016).  For television, he has composed scores for USA's "Unsolved" (2018);  Amazon's "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" (2017); ABC's "Quantico" (2016-17), Freeform's "Dead of Summer" (2016), and Disney XD's "Tron: Uprising" (2012).  Video game scores include EA's "Need for Speed Payback" (2017) and Ubisoft's "The Crew" (2014).

In the studio and in concert, in addition to Daft Punk, M83, and Mike Shinoda, he has worked with Dr. Dre, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Kendrick Lamar, Moby, Aloe Blacc, Alessia Cara, Haim, The Glitch Mob, Active Child, Halsey, Sohn, John Newman, Dia Frampton, 3OH!3, Steven Price, and James Newton Howard.

Born in Jersey City, Trapanese earned his B.A. in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to study at UCLA for his M.A. and taught electronic music composition at the school from 2008-2011.  In 2016, he became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2013, alongside a tenacious group of composers, artists, and musicians, Trapanese founded The Echo Society.  Aiming to inspire each other and the community around them, the group creates and performs new music showcasing the unique talents and environments of Los Angeles.

Biography by Neil Z. Yeung

Photo by Tim Navis

Joseph Trapanese

Robin Hood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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1 Loxley Manor  
2 Syria  
3 Marion Looks for Rob  
4 He's My Son  
5 Return to England  
6 Rob Inspired  
7 Nottingham  
8 Sheriff Intro  
9 Follow the Money  
10 Becoming a Thief  
11 First Heists  
12 Becoming a Hero  
13 Money to the People  
14 Rob Goes Big  
15 The Treasury  
16 Becoming the Hood  
17 Attacking the Slags  
18 Horse Chase  
19 Sacrifice  
20 Rob Inspires the People  
21 Here's the Plan  
22 Devil's Work Undone  
23 City Siege  
24 Escape to Sherwood  
25 Viktor  

Sony Music and global content leader Lionsgate announce the November 16th release of ROBIN HOOD - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK with music by Joseph Trapanese (The Greatest Showman, Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton). Directed by Otto Bathurst, Robin Hood will make its theatrical debut Friday, November 21, 2018 via Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label.

Joseph Trapanese commented, "Lionsgate tasked me with creating a fresh, contemporary score for a new generation's Robin Hood, and I'm incredibly excited to share it with you.  Director Otto Bathurst invited me to bring synthetic sound, energetic percussion, and aggressive orchestration to his modern re-telling of this timeless story, the result of which is a classic tale told like none other."