“Christopher Libertino is an electric guitar wizard who has experimented a great deal with guitar sounds over the years…Using the full emotional range of the guitar, Libertino creates a moving – and at times, disturbing and intense in a way that reminds me of Elliot Goldenthal’s Heat score – soundscape for the story to grow in.” - Mikael Carlsson, Music from the Movies on Speak
“She gets great help from Christopher Libertino’s sensitive score and Peter C. Frank’s wonderful editing, which merges the character’s interior and exterior worlds beautifully—a great feat, given that the two are practically symbiotic throughout the movie.” - Marilyn Moss, The Hollywood Reporter on Speak
“Supporting performances by Christian Campbell, Heather Matarazzo and John Rothman add to the intriguing aura of this musical tale and the score of this story-within-a-story by Christopher Libertino superbly match the atmospheric layers of each increasingly tantalizing encounter that, ultimately, lead to her final composition.” - Peter Belsito, Medium.com on Her Composition
“Highly recommended to those who enjoy the music made by the already mentioned acts such as Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Thomas Dolby, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry!” - Henri Strik, Background Magazine on Traveller
“If a few more guitarists coaxed sounds like these out of their instruments, the history of rock and roll might have been very different.” - Nigel Lord, MusicTech Magazine on Alien Guitars
“There’s a pleasing gentleness to Traveller that is refreshing in that it isn’t trying to be brash or limelight stealing. It’s just gently and quietly what it is.” - Nell McLeod, Sound on Sound Magazine on Traveller
Off the Grid: Life on the Mesamore
Broken Heart Landmore
The Warehouse Jobmore
Award-winning composer, recording artist and guitarist Christopher Libertino believes in reaching deep and thinking sonically. Single notes in Libertino’s works carry immense weight while common instruments often don’t sound at all as expected. As a true devotee of musical ambience Libertino uses texture and musical deconstruction to bend our view of the world, usually gently, sometimes with significant force. His composition work breaks music down into its primal elements, reassembling them with stylistic agnosticism into almost anything, while sometimes taking a pass on reassembling them at all. It is that elemental view that distinguishes Libertino’s work - viewers feel first, think second, and later on, realize how the score moved them so greatly.
Libertino received his degree in music from Harvard University, having studied with Ivan Tcherepnin, Luise Vosgerchian, John Stewart and Curtis Roads. He then completed post-graduate musical studies at Berklee School of Music. His most recent orchestral work, To Remember and Let Go, had its world premiere in 2016 at Symphony Hall in Boston; Keith Lockhart conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra.
With over 50 scores to his credit, Libertino has reached a worldwide audience with such films as Speak (2004 Sundance Feature), The Wormhole (2002 Academy Award Gold Medal) and Repetition Compulsion (1999 Emmy Nomination.) His music has accompanied extraordinary performances from such actors as Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Zahn, James Caan and Peter Dinklage. His own brand of literate, atmospheric art rock features altered guitar work which serves as the cornerstone of his own albums – Epitaph, Caprice, Unspoken and Traveller. His unique effects-based approach to textural electronic guitar can be heard on numerous remixes (Gwen Stefani, Roxy Music and Duran Duran), film/TV scores (28 Days Later, Aeon Flux, Ghost in the Shell, Underworld, Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami) and albums (Annie Lennox–Bare).
What really sets Christopher Libertino’s music apart is its holistic nature. When accompanying a film it seems impossible to think of the music as having preexisted the scene or as having been added to it at some abstract juncture. Instead, Libertino’s music seems inseparable from its surroundings, appearing intrinsically woven into them and striking a direct line into the listeners’ synapses, as though Libertino composes not with notes but with neurological impulses. It is music that is vividly transparent, but also, not transparent at all.
DAVID McCORD PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC
DEAN’S CRAFT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL SCORE (1997, 1998, 2001)
Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
- SPEAK (Showtime Independent Films) - Fred Berner, prod. Jessica Sharzer, dir.
*Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2004
- FROM NOTHING (Stereoscopic Fractal VR Experience) - prd./dir. Julius Horsthuis
- GROWING UP COY (Stillpoint Pictures) – Jeremy Stulberg, prod., Eric Juhola, dir.
- GANJA QUEEN (Song Zu Prods.) - Janine Hosking, Robin Eastwood, prod., Janine Hosking, dir.
*Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival 2006
*Additional music for
- OFF THE GRID: LIFE ON THE MESA (Stillpoint Pictures) - Eric Juhola, prod., Jeremy and Randy Stulberg, dirs.
*Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival 2006
- BROKEN HEART LAND (Stillpoint Pictures) - Eric Juhola, prd., Jeremy and Randy Stulber, dirs.
- HER COMPOSITION (Picture Train Company) - Leah Chen Baker, prod., Stephan Littger, dir.
- HECTOR IS GONNA KILL NATE (8 Feet Tall Prods.) - Ben Snyder, prod., Ari Issler, dir.
- WEEQUAHIC (13th Hour Films) - Ethan Anderson, prod., Jamie Ruddy, dir.
- CARINA AND JUDE- Max Copolov, prod/dir.
- EZEKIAL’S REVELATION (Crean/Scout Prods, Inc.) - Kate Sharp, prod. / dir.
- NOWHERE KIDS (Stillpoint Pictures) - Jeremy Stulberg, prod., Erica Juhola, dir.
- AMERICANA - Corinne Golden, prod., Topaz Adizes, dir.
- THE WAREHOUSE JOB - Jesse Toledano, prod. / dir.
- VIRGIN RED (Intercontinental Pictures ) - Natalie Altshuler, Kitao Sakurai, prod., Edouard Getaz, dir.
- MY UNCLE BERNS (HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films) - Billy and Janice Crystal, Christina DeHaven, prods., Lindsay Crystal, dir.
- SHOOK (Bajan Brownstone Productions) - Angela Tucker, Kurt Enger, prods., Melanie R W Oram, dir.
- CONEY ISLAND CATCH (Reach Associates Pictures) - Lauren Wolkstein, prod. / dir.
- THE HILL (Pixelcatland Productions) - Ada C. Chamberlain, prod., Deborah Chow, dir.
- CHARLIE PRIMITIVE - Joseph Raso, prod., Pete Jensen, dir.
- THE P.T. JOHANSEN FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN MONSTERS (Enigma Media) - Stephen Fromkin, Steve Hein, prods. Andrew Mudge, dir.
*Winner of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival 2003
- FLY CHERRY (Power Up Productions) - Stacy Codikow, Amy Showmer, Crystal Rivera-Mitchell, prods., Jessica Sharzer, dir.
- THE PASSING (Solomon Films) - Mandy Tagger, prod., Jesse Toledano, dir.
- THE WAKE (French Forum Productions) - Joseph French, prod. / dir.
- THE PERFECT GOOSEYS (Tutoh River Pictures) - Maria Arruda, Andrew Mudge, prods., Andrew Mudge, dir.
- THE WORMHOLE (Jezebel Pictures) - Sydney Burtner, prod., Jessica Sharzer, dir.
*Gold Medal Student Academy Award 2002
- POPCORN SHRIMP (Showtime/Iron Films) - Libby Spears, Vincent Farrell, prods., Christopher Walken, dir.
- THE PARKING LOT WARS - Michael Connors, prod. / dir.
- SIZE MATTERS - Helen Lee, prod., Eric Juhola, dir.
- LUCKYTOWN (A Plus Entertainment) - Paul Nicholas, prod. / dir.
*Additional music for
- BALD: THE MOVIE (King Isaac Films) - Tobias Perse, prod. / dir.
- DOG DAYS (Salamander Films) - Robert Patton-Spruill, prod., Ellie Lee, dir.
- THE GRAVEKEEPER (Thirteenth Hour Productions) - Samantha Schultz, Nicole Craig, prods., Jamie Ruddy, dir.
- SPIN THE BOTTLE (Maxwell Balsam Productions) - Victoria Maxwell, Dede Harris prods., Andrew Michael Pascal, dir.
- 30 DAYS AND 30 YEARS LATER - Stephanie Conrad, prod. / dir.
- FATHERS AND SONS (Majestic Films) - David Hudacek, prod. / dir.
- DOGBOY (Venture Entertainment) - Adam Kagan, prod., Vanessa Ventura, dir.
- REPETITION COMPULSION - Ellie Lee, prod. / dir.
*P.O.V, Emmy Nomination 1999
- TRUCKSTOP (Red Planet Films) - Adam Kagan, prod., John Morning, dir.
- NIGHTSCAPES - Akiko Iwakawa, prod. / dir.
- FATHER’S DAY - Carmela DelVechio, prod. / dir.
- TRAVELLER (Christopher Libertino / CD) - Composed, Performed, Recorded & Produced by Christopher Libertino
- UNSPOKEN (Christopher Libertino / EP) - Composed, Performed, Recorded & Produced by Christopher Libertino
- CAPRICE (Christopher Libertino / EP) - Composed, Performed, Recorded & Produced by Christopher Libertino
- EPITAPH (Christopher Libertino / EP) - Composed, Performed, Recorded & Produced by Christopher Libertino
- To Turn You On, Sisko Mix (Roxy Music/David Siskovic) - Christopher Libertino, Guitars
- Cool, Sisko Mix (Gwen Stefani/David Siskovic) - Christopher Libertino, Guitars
- Nice, Sisko Mix (Duran Duran/David Siskovic) - Christopher Libertino, Guitars
- Disco Pusher (Disco Pusher) - Christopher Libertino, Guitars
- EVOLUTION (Urban Empire) - Jim Elliot, prod., Lizzie Gottlieb, dir.
- WORLDLY ACTS (Urban Empire) - 5 one act plays, Jim Elliot, prod., multiple dirs.
*With Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope
- THE BAD SEED (Badlands Theater Company) - Sondra Wymar, prod., Anna Catherine Rutledge, dir.
- THE PUZZLE SHOP OF INFINITE RECURSION (Oracle New Media) - Computer adventure game
- ALIEN GUITARS VOL. 1 & 2 (Big Fish Audio) - Sampling CD’s of electronically effected guitars which have appeared in scores from: 28 Days Later, The Eye, Ghost in the Shell, Batman Beyond, Six Feet Under, The Returner and Aeon Flux.