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Joel Douek mentors young composer Luis Diaz


"Music should emotionally transport you from place to place."

Joel Douek talks to composers Jayleen Montoya, Chris Lee, Luis Diaz in studio.


"Can you be a composer if you're not sensitive?"

A photo of Akira Nakano, Chris Lee, Luis Diaz, Joel Douek and Jayleen Montoya.


"Let your passion and love for being a composer be your guide. Be brave. Take risks."


JOEL DOUEK is an award winning composer and instrumentalist whose music has underscored many films and television productions, including in some of the most prestigious documentaries of the last few years – those of naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Born in London, England, Mr. Douek’s working life has encompassed disciplines as diverse as neuroscience and international politics, but always grounded in his love of music and its ability to speak directly to the emotions. Drawing deeply from the orchestral complement and from his principal instruments – piano and percussion – Douek also brings a fascination with world music and electronica into many of his scores.

From big-screen IMAX features such as the BAFTA-winning film 'Flying Monsters 3D' and the Everest adventure: 'The Wildest Dream' (feat. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes), dark thrillers such as "Manhattan Night" (feat. Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski) and “The Tall Man” (feat. Jessica Biel), Douek's music has brought many a scene to life. He has scored over 80 documentaries, including the multi-EMMY-winning BBC series 'First Life with Sir David Attenborough'. Earlier in his composing career he scored iconic animations such as 'YU-GI-OH!', 'Sonic X' and 'The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2003 Edition), creating many of their classic themes.

Joel is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. Now living in Los Angeles, Douek moonlights as a professional Fire Dancer.

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