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About Jeff Danna & Akira Yamaoka

Recognized for scores spanning Resident Evil: Apocalypse, TV's Camelot, and Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Jeff Danna is a composer from Toronto, Canada. A hand injury at the age of 21 restricted the performance career of the professional pianist/guitarist, but he kept his musical endeavors alive with a transition to soundtrack composing.

Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Danna composed a score for the Warner Bros television revival of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which led to his becoming an in-demand composer of television soundtracks. His early résumé includes the action-comedy series Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets), Beverly Hills 90210, and the TV movie My Own Country, all in the '90s. In the meantime, he wrote music for theatrical releases including 1998's At Sachem Farm and 1999's The Boondock Saints.

As Danna shifted more into film work in the 2000s, his assignments included O, a 2001 drama based on Othello; 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse; and with his brother Mychael Danna, an accomplished film composer in his own right, the 2007 crime drama Fracture and Terry Gilliam's 2009 fantasy The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Jeff Danna also continued to work in television, for the animated children's programs Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004-2008) and The Zula Patrol (2005-2008).

In 2011, he was nominated for an Emmy along with his brother for their theme to Starz' Camelot. They were nominated again in 2015 for their theme to the FX series Tyrant. On the film side, the siblings also collaborated Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, released in 2015, and on 2016's Storks. Continuing a streak of animated films, Jeff and Mychael Danna co-wrote the score for 2017's The Breadwinner. ~ Marcy Donelson

HOMETOWN
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
BORN
1964

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