Cardoni in 2017
|Birth name||Jeffrey E. Cardoni|
|Born||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Genres||film score, piano, rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, composer|
|Instruments||piano, guitar, drums|
Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Cardoni is an American composer. He is a multi-instrumentalist who studied classical piano before playing drums and guitar in numerous bands, including a brief stint with the rock band Alien Crime Syndicate. After graduating James M. Coughlin High School, Cardoni studied engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Cardoni is best known for his work on television projects such as CSI: Miami, Silicon Valley (TV series), The Defenders, The League, Wilfred, and film scores, such as Step Up: All In, The Vicious Kind, Just Friends, Firehouse Dog, and many others. Cardoni also did the score for Open Season 3.
Cardoni studied classical piano beginning age 7. While touring with Alien Crime Syndicate, the group’s manager suggested he enroll in UCLA film scoring classes. It was these courses that piqued Cardoni’s interest in the film music industry.
Cardoni has stated that his classical training has greatly informed his compositional style—whereas many composers prioritize computer technology in their scores and workflows, he prefers to work with musical instruments whenever possible, and continues to hand notate themes in his scores whenever taking on a new project. He also identifies himself as partial to "old-fashioned" scores that put melody above ambient sonic textures. Despite this proclivity, he recognizes that the current nature of the film music industry necessitates familiarity and fluency with various pieces of software and technology, which he includes in his current studio setup. Cardoni has explained that the meeting point between the worlds of technology and melodic counterpoint has informed some of his scores, including The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013).
Awards and nominations
|2017||Once Upon A Time in Venice||Composer|
|2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Composer|
|2016||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Composer|
|2015||The Better Half||Composer|
|2014||Step Up: All In||Composer|
|2014||Atari: Game Over||Composer|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Composer|
|2013||The Secret Lives of Dorks||Composer|
|2012||Guns, Girls and Gambling||Composer|
|2012||Time Machine Chefs||Composer|
|2010||Open Season 3||Composer|
|2009||The Vicious Kind||Composer|
|2007-2009||The Drinky Crow Show||Composer|
|2005||Love for Rent||Composer|
|2004-2007||Pimp My Ride||Composer|
|2004||House of Clues||Composer|
|2003||Where the Red Fern Grows||Composer|
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- "Jeff Cardoni – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- "Latest Feature Film/TV Series/TV Movie Titles With Jeff Cardoni". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
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