Jeff Cardoni’s talents range from intimate independent fare to full orchestral majesty. With over 30 feature film scores and several network series to his credit, one can hear his work worldwide every day. His unique ability to cross genres has made him a powerful player in the film composing industry.
Jeff originally studied classical piano, while playing percussion in school orchestra. But it would be rock and roll that would lead him to Los Angeles in 1997. After a brief stint as lead guitarist for the Warner Bros. band “Alien Crime Syndicate”, Jeff left to pursue film scoring full time. He worked under several Hollywood composers including John Murphy (Snatch, 28 Days Later) and Christopher Tyng (Futurama, The O.C.) while studying conducting and orchestration at UCLA. He has received several ASCAP Film and Television Awards for his work on the worldwide hit CSI:Miami and was nominated for an Ariel Award for his score to the 2005 feature 7 Dias.
His body of work ranges from studio features films such as Just Friends for New Line, Open Season 3 for Sony, Firehouse Dog for Fox, Miss March, and the latest in the American Pie franchise, to television scores such as the CBS drama The Defenders with James Belushi, Wilfred starring Elijah Wood, The League on FX, and the worldwide Jerry Bruckheimer produced hit CSI:Miami. He has also worked extensively in independent film, including the Sundance hit The Vicious Kind, directed by Lee Toland Krieger and produced by Neil Labute and Oscar nominated director Roland Joffe’s You and I. Other highlights including creating a new live score for the 2011 Super Bowl on Fox, recorded with an 80 piece orchestra in the world famous Dvorak Concert Hall in Prague.
Jeff is also an active songwriter, penning the theme songs to MTV’s hit “Pimp My Ride”, MadTV on Fox, and FX’s The League, with songs appearing countless films, including “Hard Knock Life” with Mike Myers in Austin Powers: Goldmember, Harold & Kumar 2, Eurotrip, The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz, A Walk To Remember, New York Minute, National Lampoon’s Senior Trip and many others. He also produced several songs with Jon Lajoie for the upcoming soundtrack album to The League, and recent albums by indie pop artist Jules Larson, which have appeared recently on the soundtrack to The Lucky One.
Recent scores include the Oscar-winning Davis Guggenheim directed documentary Teach, the new drama series Full Circle for DirecTV written by Neil Labute, and the upcoming The Michael J Fox Show for NBC. Films slated for release later this fall include drama A Perfect Man starring Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Jean Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct),The Secret Lives Of Dorks, produced by Steven J. Wolfe (500 Days Of Summer), and Authors Anonymous starring Kaley Cuocco, Teri Polo, Tricia Helfer, and the late Dennis Farina.