Brent Michael Davids

Brent Michael Davids

Blue Butterfly Group, and Doodlebug Music Studio
Music Composer and Producer

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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January 2016
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About Brent

Film Composer Brent Michael Davids is the country’s leading multi-award winning American Indian composer, and a citizen of the Mohican Nation. In 1996, Davids composed his first feature film score, commissioned by the Santa Fe International Film Festival for “The Silent Enemy” (1929: Paramount) that was performed live-to-picture at the Grand Illusion Theater. Considered the senior fellow of American Indian composers, the world’s most renown ensembles have repeatedly commissioned him, including the Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet, Chanticleer and the National Symphony.

The award for Best Original Music Composition” went to Davids in 2015 at the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast for his orchestral score to “Iroquois Creation Story.” In 2011, Davids won a Silver Medal for Excellence in Original Scoring from the Park City Film Music Festival in Utah for his 90-minute orchestral score to the animated feature film “Valor’s Kids” (2011). That same year, Davids was invited to conduct a month-long tour of Russia, lecturing and performing in Khabarovsk, Birobidjan, Vladivostok and Moscow under an award from the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission of the American Seasons in Russia program. In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts named Davids among the nation’s most celebrated choral composers in its project “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius,” along with Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Foster, and 25 others.

Many of his original orchestra scores, for films like “The Silent Enemy” (1996), “The Business of Fancy Dancing” (2002), “Dreamkeeper” (2003), “The World of American Indian Dance” (2003), “Last of the Mohicans” (1929/2003), “Bright Circle” (2007), “Raccoon & Crawfish” (2007), and “Opal” (2012) have appeared on ABC, Hallmark, NBC, PBS, NPR, NAPT, AIROS, and the National Geographic Society. He has garnered the Distinguished Alumni Awards from both of the universities he attended, NIU (1996) and ASU (2004), and has been nominated for the prestigious CalArts Alpert Award two times (1995, 2006). With two university degrees, Davids trained at Redford’s Sundance Institute with film composer Shirley Walker (A League Of Their Own), and apprenticed in London with film composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love). A Great Film Needs A Great Composer!

Unique traits: Professional Concert and Film Composer, and American Indian citizen of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation. Currently operating a music company he founded, Blue Butterfly Group (BBG). American Indian Music Expert, serving as Educator and Consultant to Schools, Festivals, Seminars and Workshops. Master performer of American Indian instruments and styles. Designer of original music instruments.


  • Running Shadow

    Running Shadow (2018)
    Film Music department

  • The People's Protectors

    The People's Protectors (2018)
    TV Movie Music department

  • Viva Diva

    Viva Diva (2017)
    Film Music department

  • Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam

    Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam (2017)
    Film Music department

  • The Mayors of Shiprock

    The Mayors of Shiprock (2017)
    Film Composer

  • Waabooz

    Waabooz (2016)
    Film Music department

  • Living with the Land

    Living with the Land (2013)
    Film by Aleshia Mueller (Documentary, Biography, Family and History) Composer A documentary about people who use what is naturally in their environment in their everyday lives.

  • Opal

    Opal (2011)
    Film by Ramona Emerson (Action, Comedy, Western and Short) Composer, Music Producer There are three things in life that Opal Shorty loves: her bike, Grandma's mutton stew, and Charles Bronson movies. But when the sanctity of her summer is threatened by the town bully and his NO GIRLS ALLOWED restrictions, Opal is forced to rise to the occasion and take him down! Written by Anonymous

  • Valor's Kids

    Valor's Kids (2011)
    Film by Kai Mariah (Family, Fantasy and Animation) Composer, Music Producer It is the time after wizards and mythical beasts have faded away but legends still carry their tales. Wars have brought borders to kingdoms, as well as unrest to those without.

  • First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwa Language

    First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwa Language (2010)
    TV Movie Composer

  • Another Direction

    Another Direction (2009)
    Video by Aleshia Mueller (Documentary, Short, Adventure, Family and 2 More) Composer A year split between Kenya and Minnesota. A political view moving from conservative to progressive. A nation torn over the deaths of King and Kennedy. A world erupting in spontaneous acts of student resistance to authority. A family growing during all of the commotion. Dick Bancroft moved in Another Direction. Written by Aleshia Mueller

  • In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman

    In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman (2009)
    Film Soundtrack

  • Raccoon & Crawfish

    Raccoon & Crawfish (2008)
    Film by Cal Waller (Animation and Short) Composer, Music Producer Raccoon & Crawfish is the story of a fateful meeting between a scheming Crawfish and a hungry raccoon. This is an Oneida Legend told orally from Elder to child for generations and generations. The story starts out as the warm glow of sunset was fading as Eli carried firewood back to the camp. He had been looking forward to his outing with Grandfather all summer. This was when he would hear another Oneida Indian Legend. Tonight, Eli is to hear a story about the consequences of lying and boasting. Written by JG Loperfido

  • Tukuhnikivatz (Tuk I)

    Tukuhnikivatz (Tuk I) (2008)
    Tuk by Brent Michael Davids (Documentary, Western and Short) Composer, Music Director TUK I is a stunning fusion of dance and the environment filmed in the spectacular wilderness lands of the Four Corners Area of the U. S. Southwest.

  • Bright Circle

    Bright Circle (2007)
    Video by Shawn Kakuk (Documentary and Sport) Composer, Music Director At the turn of the 20th Century Native American Indian athletes from Carlisle, Haskell and the NFL were at the forefront of the sporting world. This rich tradition, established in the past by athletes such as Jim Thorpe, is carried on today by the ancestors of those incredible athletes. Written by Anonymous

  • The World of American Indian Dance

    The World of American Indian Dance (2003)
    TV Movie by Randy Martin Composer

  • DreamKeeper

    DreamKeeper (2003)
    TV Movie by Steve Barron (Drama and Fantasy) Associate Composer, Source Music Director In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, Grandpa tells mysterious Indian tales of love, friendship and magic. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • The Business of Fancydancing

    The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
    Film by Sherman Alexie (Drama and Music) Composer Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Written by Anonymous


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