Rhett Brewer

Composer and Vocalist


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Film found Rhett Brewer through unusual circumstances. With the release of the collaborative album These Wings Without Feathers featuring Brewer and Lisa Gerrard, his mesmerizing music was introduced to an international audience. The subsequent release of his debut album The Ebbing Wings of Wisdom, began to characterise his distinctive sound. People such as BBC presenter Charlie Gillett and KCRW presenter Tricia Halloran have championed Brewer’s work and this led to requests for his numerous original scores.

Unusually Brewer uses the human voice as an instrument, himself a Vocalist as well as a Composer. The international aspect of Brewer’s film projects has come to mirror his compositions. Credits include the Emmy™ Award-winning The Path to 9/11 starring Harvey Keitel, the festival favorite Crossing Borders and Cannes competitor Together starring Matt Smith, of Dr. Who fame.

Brewer remains one of the few recognisable Classical Composers of black origin in Europe. His musical sensibility offers a compelling dialogue between conventional lines of categorization. He works comfortably with Western and non-Western instrumentation, having worked with orchestras like the Tampere Philharmonic and ensembles such as The Burning Bush. Yet he also often fuses these strands together and bridges the gap between classical, world and electronic music with a startling signature sound.

Brewer served on the jury for the 2006 BAFTA music awards, and contributed music to six films in 2007 alone. Originally from New York, Brewer has lived and worked in London for over a decade.

In January 2009, Brewer premiered his orchestral work In Expectation of the Thaw with the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland in a series of sold-out concerts met with a spellbound and enthusiastic response.