Film Credits & Biography

Kareem Roustom – Composer 

Steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in western concert music and jazz, Syrian-American Kareem Roustom is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety of artists receiving numerous commissions to compose works for Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and others. Roustom has composed works for Daniel Barenboim, the Kronos Quartet, the Landmarks Orchestra (Boston), the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Educational Department, the Michigan Philharmonic, the Crossing Choir, Coro Allegro (Boston), the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Gammage Center at Arizona State University, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, the Aplle Hill String Quartet, and others. His music has been performed by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under Daniel Barenboim at the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms. Performances of Roustom’s works include the Malmo Opera Orchestra (Sweden), the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Choir of the 21st Century (London), The Peninsula Women’s Chorus in collaboration with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, Alba Ensemble (France), Notes Inegales (U.K.), LSO St. Luke’s (U.K.), the Verbier Festival, the Braunschweig Music Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, and the forth coming American premiere of Roustom’s Ramal for orchestra at the Grand Teton Music Festival under Donald Runnicles (August 19th & 20th 2016). Roustom’s music has been performed in Europe, Argentina, China, Japan, Armenia, and in parts of the Near East.

Of Roustom’s recent orchestral work Ramal, the New York Times wrote that it is “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation” and the The Guardian described it as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern… This was music with lots of personality.” In a review of Roustom’s oratorio “The Son of Man” The Boston Globe wrote “The music… is pitched toward the impassioned, adapting Arabic-derived scales into a rich, heavily perfumed chromaticism, affording both eerie atmosphere and high-impact drama. Moment to moment, [Roustom’s] invention is prolific.” In 2012 Coro Allegro, under the direction of David Hodgkins, won the prestigious ASCAP/Alice Parker Award for the 2011 premiere of “The Son of Man.”

Roustom’s work in film has been recognized by an Emmy-nomination and includes a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films that have competed at festivals that include Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and many others. Roustom is the recipient of the Pete Carpenter Fellowship from BMI and is a Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellow.

Roustom’s concert music is published by ECS Publishing and distributed by Canticle Distributing.

Film Scores:

Love Sick (2015)
Dir. Priya Giri Desai & Ann Kim

1913: Seeds of Conflict (2014)
Dir. Ben Loeterman

May In The Summer (2013)
Dir. Cherien Dabis

My Neighborhood (2012)
Dir. Julia Bacha

The Iran Job (2011)
Dir. Till Schauder

Budrus (2010)
Just Vision, Directed by Julia Bacha
• Winner, Panorama Audience Award Second Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
• Winner, Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010
• Winner, Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival, 2010

The Mosque in Morgantown (2009)
V1 Productions/PBS; Directed by Brittany Huckabee
• 2010 News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Individual Achievement In A Craft: MUSIC & SOUND

Amreeka (2008)
First Generation Films; Directed by Cherien Dabis
• Nominated for Best Picture 2009 Gotham Awards
• Winner FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics Award) Cannes 2009
• Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

Kemo Sabe (2006)
Directed by Rana Kazkaz; produced by Julio Caro
• Official selection at Shorts Corner/Cannes Film Festival

Encounter Point (2006)
Just Vision; Directed by Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha
• Winner of the Best Musical Score Award at 2006 Bend International Film Festival (Bend, OR)

The Letter (2003)
Additional Music/Composer
Hamzeh Mystique Films; Directed Ziad Hamzeh

Border (2002)
Directed by Annette Solakoglu
• Best Short Film Award 2002 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Undressed (2001)
Additional Music/Composer Episodic TV
MTV Productions

Shadow Glories (2000)
Composer (Feature Film)
Hamzeh Mystique Films; Directed by Ziad Hamzeh

The Two Of Us (2000)
Orchestrator (Feature Film)
Paramount Pictures

Me, Myself & Irene (1999)
Orchestrator (Feature Film)
“Where He Can Hide”
Fox Pictures; Song by Tom Wolf

Beggars & Choosers (1999)
Orchestrator (Episodic TV)
Showtime-Granada Entertainment

Cold Feet (1999)
Orchestrator (Episodic TV)
NBC Productions

My Little Assassin (1999)
Orchestrator (Feature Film)
Lifetime Network

Hopes On The Horizon (1999)
Composer (Documentary)
Blackside Productions

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
Additional Music/Orchestrator (Feature Film)
Muse Productions

Selected Discography:

2011 Budrus Original Soundtrack
Just Vision Inc.

2010 The Boston Children’s Chorus This is the sound of Harmony
Featured composition “Hot Tea, Mint & Olives”

2009 Damascus Festival Chamber Players Syrian Contemporary Music
Featured composition “Buhur”

2008 Encounter Point Original Soundtrack
Just Vision Inc.

2008 Emel komm in mein leben
Composer, producer, arranger & performer
TBA Music, Zurich, Switzerland

2007 Beyonce’ B’day [Deluxe Edition”
Sony Music

2006 The Psalms of Ali Ufki
Performer (Oud)
Dunya Music

2005 The Boston Camerata “A Mediterranean Christmas”
Performer (Oud & Guitar)
Warner Brothers Classics Label

2005 Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble “Revival”
Producer/Arranger and Performer (Oud)

2004 El-Zafeer Ensemble “Almitra’s Question”
Fuller Street Music
Composer, Producer, Performer (Guitar)

2003 Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble “The Songs of Sayyed Darweesh:
The Soul of a People”
Xuaen Music
Producer, Arranger, Performer (Oud)