Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film and theatre composer. He is the owner of the Blue Police Box Music studio on Chicago’s north side, and an adjunct professor of film music in Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Music Composition for the Screen program.
As a film composer, Drew has composed the music for a number of feature narrative films, including Scary Normal (2013) and Market Value (2016), and documentaries, including: A Message from the East (2009), ’85: The Untold Story of the Greatest Team in Pro-Football History (2016), Defending A Monster, (2016), and Bailout (2012). In 2014, he completed work on the anticipated feature documentary, Alex & Ali, which – after winning both audience and jury awards at film festivals around the world – will be released on DVD and VOD later this month. He also recently finished the scores for the short films The Judas Run (2016), Portunus (2016), Safe Word (2014), and the amazing shorts Bowes Academy (2013), Get The F K Outta Paris (2014), and Spell Claire (2015) with Director Greg Emetaz.
Coming up, he is preparing to work on the feature films Dead Good, Sin Verité, and the TV movie, Verräter.
In 2015, Drew completed the music and sound design for the indie video game, Paper Wings, and just completed the music and sound design for the forthcoming therapeutic video game, Soteria – Dreams As Currency, with the Play 4 Change group.
Mr. Edwards is the composer for the web series Trep Life (Inc. Magazine) and Dorkumentary TV, and his work has been heard on television and in theatres across the country in the trailers for Bride Flight, Peabody & Sherman, and Promised Land, as well as in many national commercials. Drew created the music and sound design for the original audio dramas, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Wanderer (Big Finish Productions/BBC), and Graceless II (Big Finish). Additionally, he has contributed music and sound for the General Admission and Nerdette podcasts, as well as the Curious City broadcast, for WBEZ radio.
From 2008-2012, he was the Composer-in-Residence for Chicago Tap Theatre. In collaboration with the company – and award-winning Artistic Director Mark Yonally – he wrote the music for three full-length “Tap Opera” story shows: Little Dead Riding Hood (2009), Eyes Without A Face (2012), and Love Taps (2010), which was remounted in 2014. He also provided original music and sound design for The Hourglass and The Poisoned Pen (2008) and Changes (2011), in addition to several original pieces for holiday and concert performances. In his last year with CTT, he established and music directed their first live touring ensemble, performing regularly with them across the country. Drew recently completed his first collaboration with tap-dancer Martin Bronson, and has worked with choreographers Richard Ashworth, Kendra Jorstad, and Lin Shook Schalek.
His concert piece, The Glacier Sequence, premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2011 by the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and continues to be a staple of their repertoire. His symphonic orchestral piece, The Paris Incident, received its world premiere by the Urbana Pops Orchestra on July 23rd, 2016.
Drew’s music has been heard on the theatre stage for many years, including two original full-length musicals with Jennifer Bechtel, Scarlet Lines: A Gothic Musical (1997) & Kala: A Musical Faerie Tale (2003), and the twisted one-man cabaret show, Fitz & Walloughs Get It In The End! (2007), with Micah Bucey and Paul Hagen. He composed the incidental music for Athena Theatre’s productions of Metamorphoses (2008, LA) and True West (2010, NYC), as well as original music for productions of The Laramie Project (NYC, 2006), The Skriker (UIUC, 1995), Wait Until Dark (UIUC, 1996), and many more.
Drew studied film and video game music with former Disney music executive Andy Hill, Composers Ilya Levinson, Mike Reagan, Lennie Moore, Sebastian Huydts, and Jeff Rona, and conducting with acclaimed conductor, Eimear Noone. His orchestral scores have been recorded at the LA Sound Gallery and The Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, and – in Chicago – at CRC and Wall2Wall Studios.
The Blue Police Box Music studio has been privileged to receive some of the most talented artists in Chicago for recording sessions and cocktails, including Sirena, Duo Controverso, Ryan Muncy, Habib Wardak, Kim Sopata, Robert Reinhart, Samantha O’Connell, Annette Bjorling, Phillip Serna, Zeshan Bagewadi, Rachel Serber, Nathaniel Geiger, and many more.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago.