Phil Carluzzo, Composition & Songwriting
Phil Carluzzo is a composer and professor of music currently based in Washington, DC. He specializes in the composition of film and popular music, and he is also active as a composer of various types of chamber music. Recent projects include the original score for the award-winning independent film Astraea, currently streamable on Amazon Prime, as well as a new score for the classic silent art film Manhatta, included on the critically acclaimed boxset Masterworks of American Avante-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970.
He is a core member of the Snark Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the composition and live performance of original music for vintage silent films. With the ensemble he has scored multiple retrospective box sets of restored silent films and released a CD of film music on the classical music label Naxos Records. He has performed with the ensemble on multiple occasions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Gallery of Art, and as the only ensemble to be invited to perform at the Library of Congress' film archives in Culpepper, Virginia.
He has also been active as a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre in New York City and Washington, D.C., having had the honor of working with such playwrights as Adam Rapp and the late Sam Shepard. He earned a doctorate in music composition from The Catholic University of America in 2011 and is currently a professor of film music composition, electronic music composition, and various levels of music theory and ear-training at George Washington University and Howard University.