“Thrust forward by John Califra’s uncommonly stirring score, the story…unspools with more drama than most blockbusters.”
– Jeanette Catsoulis, the New York Times
John Califra is an an Emmy nominated, critically acclaimed composer for film and television. His credits include scores for numerous dramatic and documentary films – including Emmy and Oscar winning productions. Among his credits is the Olympian, symphonic theme for Major League Baseball’s quadrennial international tournament, the ‘World Baseball Classic.”
His scores – even those for documentary films – have attracted strong critical attention and acclaim, being hailed as “uncommonly stirring,” “moving,” “compelling,” “crushingly poignant,” “graceful,” “majestic,” “powerful” and “haunting” by outlets such as the NY Times, NY Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Jaman Lounge, Variety and others. Some of that press can be seen here: https://jcalifra.wordpress.com/pressreviews/reviews-from-the-press/
John’s music was prominent in NYC’s millennium celebration, “Times Square 2000;” an event attended by 2 million people and seen by an global tv audience exceeding 1 billion. In September, 2011, he was honored with a commission to create orchestral music for the national commemoration of the 9-11 attacks in Washington, DC.
John is a versatile composer, fluent in many musical genres. His work ranges from scores for intimate instrumental groups through large symphony orchestra. There are also scores for electronic instruments and others that blend electronics with live instruments or orchestra. He’s also written scores for pop music ensembles – for groups ranging from the 1920’s revival group, “Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks,” to rock bands featuring players associated with artists such as Mike & the Mechanics, Genesis, the Corrs, Moving Hearts, David Byrne, the Average White Band, Wayne Shorter, Ute Lemper, Busta Rhymes and Cassandra Wilson.
Other past projects include a new orchestral score for FW Murnau’s 1922 horror classic, “Nosferatu,” commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dublin Film Festival. The music was premiered against a screening of the film by members of Ireland’s RTE orchestra. The concert received strong critical notice from the London Times, Sunday Press and Irish Times. He is engaged in an ongoing creative project; creating new orchestral scores for other classic, silent films – including Robert Weine’s “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
A library of John’s original symphonic and instrumental music is available for licensing. The library can be reviewed in the “licensing” category of this site. The collection includes music recorded with orchestras of various configurations and sizes ranging from 32 to 92 players. It includes music in a wide variety of genres and styles and expresses a broad range of emotions. Music from his library has been featured in dramatic and documentary films, including work produced by HBO, the U.S. National Park Service and Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem.