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Frank Moon

Composer


Frank Moon trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with several composition prizes, and subsequently held a lecturing post at Coventry University before becoming a freelance performer and composer.

His work as a composer is regularly for dance and theatre. Scores for dance include several large works with his longstanding collaborator - choreographer Arthur Pita - Facada (2014, Segerstrom Center, California; Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow; London Coliseum), The World's Greatest Show, (2014, Greenwich Dance, Royal Opera House), The Little Match Girl (2013, Jerwood Dance East, Sadler's Wells), the multi award winning production of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (2011, Royal Opera House, 2013 Joyce Theater NYC), and and Utopia (2010, IDFB). Frank was music director and arranger for Whelan/Watson: Other Stories (2015-16, Royal Opera House / City Centre New York).

Commissions for theatre include The BFG (2014, Birmingham Rep), Visitors (2014, Up in Arms), I Was A Rat (2013, Birmingham Rep), HAG (2013, The Wrong Crowd), Hyde and Seek (2007, Zenith Theatre), Laughing Gravy (2005, Zenith Theatre), Hamlet and Macbeth (2000-1, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), and Twelfth Night (2000, Birmingham International Jazz Festival).

Short film scores include The Last Resort (2016, ENB/Tate Liverpool, dir. Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple), Scarlet (2015, dir. Annetta Laufer), Rahim (2015, dir. Michele Cadai) and Selkie (2014 dir. Simon Booth).

Frank’s performance work as a guitarist, oud player and multi instrumentalist is worldwide and crosses numerous genres. He is equally at home playing jazz, folk, Balkan punk, African funk, Indian & Arabic fusion, gypsy swing, Cuban salsa, hip hop, free improvisation and mediaeval music, and he draws on these multifarious influences in his compositions. As a performer he has toured extensively with many artists including Cerys Matthews, the Destroyers, and The Urban Folk Quartet, as well as leading his own bands and recording on many releases.

Frank was nominated for a Paul Hamlyn composers award in 2014.

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