David Ari Leon

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David Ari Leon
David Ari Leon at Comic-Con 2012.JPG
David Ari Leon at Comic-Con speaking on a panel of composers in San Diego, July 2012.
Background information
Born (1967-12-12) December 12, 1967 (age 46)
Occupations Composer, musician, songwriter
Years active 1990–present
Labels Vitamin Records, SoundMind Music
Website SoundMindMusic.com

David Ari Leon (born December 12, 1967) is an American composer, musician and music supervisor.[1][2] He is best known for writing and supervising music for Marvel Entertainment on titles including Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk.[3] He is a songwriter on the themes to the Marvel series Avengers and Super Hero Squad,[4] and he composed the main title music to the shows Xyber 9 and Mr. Bill Presents.[3]

Featured music[edit]

Leon was featured as a musician on NPR's syndicated program Morning Edition in five episodes between the years 2005 to 2010.[5][6][7][8][9] He was also featured on the album "Rockabye Baby! Baby's Favorite Rock Songs,"[10] which was available exclusively at Starbucks March 23 – April 19, 2010. The album reached #3 on Billboard's Kids Albums chart,[11] #18 on the Billboard Independent Albums,[12] and #111 on the Billboard Top 200.[13] It contains a version of the Rolling Stones song Ruby Tuesday that Leon performed and produced for the Rockabye Baby! series,[14] which also features the artists Björk, Journey and Kanye West.

Education and early career[edit]


In 1990, Leon received a B.A. degree from UCLA in music composition, where he focused on piano performance, film scoring and electronic music production. While attending the university, he did internships with Academy Award nominated composers, Mark Isham and Danny Elfman, the latter of which resulted in Leon's first feature film credit on the Clive Barker movie, Nightbreed.[3] Immediately following his completion of university, Leon worked on Days of Our Lives, garnering him an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Music Director."[15]

Marvel and Fox[edit]

In 1994, Leon began working for New World, the parent company of Marvel at that time, as Music Director and composer on the TV series Valley of the Dolls.[3] The following year (1995) was the start of his work for Marvel as composer and music supervisor on the show Spider-Man in addition to other titles for Fox Kids.[3]

Leon subsequently held a Vice President of Music title for Fox from 1997 to 2002. During that time, he supervised music for Fox Family (now ABC Family) as well as Fox Kids. Also during that period as a music VP for Fox, Leon received music supervisor credits on many film and television projects such as the movie "Les Miserables" starring John Malkovich and the primetime series "State of Grace" for ABC Family starring Frances McDormand.[3] Leon left ABC Family in 2002 and established SoundMind Music, which is his active company today.

Recent works[edit]

More recently, Leon performed and arranged songs for a series of albums on Vitamin Records by artists including Neil Young, The Cure, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.[16][17] In 2009, he began writing and supervising music for a series of Motion Comics for Marvel, starting with The Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon.[18] In 2011, the movie Thor: Tales of Asgard released, a co-production by Marvel and Lions Gate, which Leon music supervised.[3] Starting in 2011 and going into 2014, while continuing his TV music work on the ABC shows Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs, Leon also currently scores music for popular interactive EA iPhone/iPad applications, including hit game titles such as Contre Jour,[19] Superman[20] and Woody Woodpecker.[21]


  1. ^ "New York Times". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. ^ "All Music Guide". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Internet Movie Database". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  4. ^ "The Super Hero Squad Show". Answers.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  5. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: June 29, 2005". NPR.org. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  6. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Aug. 29, 2005". NPR.org. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  7. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: July 31, 2007". NPR.org. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  8. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Dec. 31, 2008". NPR.org. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  9. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Aug. 19, 2010". NPR.org. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Album Credits Profile". AlbumCredits.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/kids-albums
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/independent-albums?begin=11&order=position
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/billboard-200?begin=101&order=position
  14. ^ "David Ari Leon at AllRovi". AllRovi.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Awards Page: Internet Movie Database". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  16. ^ "Artist Page: David Ari Leon". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  17. ^ "David Ari Leon at Amazon". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  18. ^ "Marvel Debuts 'Astonishing X-Men' Music Video". TheFlickCast.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  19. ^ "Contre Jour HD: A Wonderful Puzzler". USA Today. September 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  20. ^ "Superman Review". 148 Apps. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  21. ^ "Woody Woodpecker Arrives on iOS Devices". Electronic Theatre. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 

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