For decades, Jake Fader toured the globe as a guitarist with groups like the highly acclaimed New York afrobeat band Kokolo, but it’s what he’s managed to accomplish in addition to touring that is truly remarkable. His keen ear, deft hands and near-encyclopedic grasp of world music past and present provides the sort of global perspective so lacking among many compositions today. Daily, Fader taps that near-bottomless well of inspiration to create truly unique, original and relevant compositions that have made him the composer of choice for directors and producers of television, film and ad work.
But don’t take our word for it – take that of award-winning Director Jason Zeldes, whose feature documentary “Romeo is Bleeding,” which Fader scored, recently garnered awards from multiple film festivals.
“Fader doesn’t approach film scoring as work, but rather an opportunity to bring something new and important to the world,” Zeldes explains. “His score brought forth the haunting quality that is so hard to capture in picture, and brought an incredible depth and energy to the film.”
Name: Jake Fader
Lives in: Cleveland, Ohio
Company: Jake Fader Music
Occupation: Music Composer
Romeo Is Bleeding
Film by Jason Zeldes (Documentary, Biography, Drama and History) Composer A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond's cycle of trauma?
SXSW Film Festival Bumper
Film (short) by Skywalker Sound/SXSW Composer
NFL Cleveland Browns/University Hospitals
Television by Bite Sized Creative Composer/Mixer
Growthbusters: Hooked On Growth
Fazoli's Italian Restaurants
Television by Bite Sized Creative Composer
Film by Dave Gardner (Documentary) Composer This film asks the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? It takes a unique approach among modern environmental documentaries: Rather than dispensing facts about climate change; peak energy, food and water; and biodiversity loss, it examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally. It asks why population conversations are so difficult to have, and why a roaring economy is more important to us than a survivable planet. It looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with community growth and economic growth. Hooked on Growth holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind, and the values we need to embrace, in order that our children can survive and thrive. Written by Dave Gardner
First Merit Bank
Television by Brokaw Advertising Composer
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)