biography

With an affinity for heavy, textured rhythms and cinematic melodies, Reid Willis has built his career and reputation on his unique combination of experimental sounds with classical compositions. In addition to his six officially-released albums, Willis has worked on musical projects for clients such as Microsoft, Mazda, LensCrafters, Special Olympics and more. He has most recently lent his talents to several episodes of “The Traveler,” a travel program produced by Al Jazeera media company.

 

Willis found his start at an early age —  as a classically trained pianist, he began hand-writing piano pieces at the age of 8. By the time he was in high school, Willis was self-releasing his own albums, which he programmed on the family computer and distributed to friends and family. Reid followed this early passion to Louisiana State University, where he earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree in composition before graduating to the SAE Institute in Atlanta to study sound engineering and music production.

 

Willis currently lives in the New Orleans area, where he is at work on his seventh full-length album. 

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Education:

               July 2012  Received Audio Technology Program Diploma
                                   SAE Institute, Atlanta, GA

               August 2009  Master's Degree in Music (composition)
                                   Louisiana State University

               August 2007   Bachelor of Music (composition)
                                   Louisiana State University

Music:

      Composition:
               2005-present Completed 5 albums of original electronic instrumental music.

               2003-2009  Studied music composition at LSU under Dinos Constantinides

      Film:
               2018 - Scored trailer for The Texture of Falling film.

               2017-2018  Scored 15 episodes of Al Mosafer (The Traveller) on Al Jazeera network.

               2014-2017 - Composed original commercial scores for Mazda, Lenscrafters, Forza Horizon, and more.

               2012 Composed original music for 3 Microsoft web advertisements (Surface, Windows 8, Dynamics)

               2011 Music licensed in short film Dreaming It(aly), which was screened at SXSW

               2011 Music licensed and featured in Chuck Fryberger Films’ production The Scene

               2008 Scored and provided music for various short films and trailers for film companies Redpictures and

                                   Blackshirt Media.                                          

     Dance and Performance:
               2005-present Compositions featured in various dance performances and plays for  Koresh Dance                                                   Company in Philadelphia, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre in Atlanta, University of Louisiana in                                             Lafayette, LA Dance Company, and Morgan St. Dance Company in Broussard, Louisiana. 

Awards/Honors/Scholarships:

               2004-2009  Recipient of the Dr. Ben H. and Clare Roy Thibodeaux 
                                   Scholarship

 


Skills:  

               Experienced Pro Tools and Logic User
               Composed/arranged/produced for various genres and ensembles
               9 Years of music focused schooling     (composition/production/engineering)

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