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Paul Brill’s compositions for numerous award-winning films, TV series and commercials, NPR program themes, and several acclaimed CDs of original and innovative songwriting show that youthful adventures as an herbal smokes salesman, street performer, valet, corporate errand boy, and a marine biology instructor can serve the creative spirit well.
Brill recently collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, “Burma Soldier,” composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” He scored the hit documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (IFC), the widely-acclaimed “Page One: Inside the NY Times” (Magnolia), as well as Christy Turlington Burns’ directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry” (OWN), on which he collaborated with songwriter Martha Waignwright, and the film adaptation of the best-selling book, “Freakonomics” (Magnolia). He is also the composer for dozens of TV series and films for A&E, MTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), History Channel, National Geographic, The Sundance Channel and ESPN, among others. He recently completed work on the landmark, 6 hour PBS documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” with noted historian Henry Louis Gates and additional musical contributions from Wynton Marsalis.