John Mazzei loves to help tell stories.
“I believe that our technological media culture is nothing more than a modern version of the village sitting around a campfire listening to the storytellers,” he says, thoughtfully.
“We just use the media formats we’ve created to reach more people, and I love to write music that makes those stories more powerful on multiple levels of experience for the audience.”
Growing up in Northern California, John was singing at age 2 and eventually took up trumpet and piano. After school, he headed for the world of touring and for most of the 80s, he could be found playing in Top 40 bands in swanky venues up and down the West Coast.
Following that, John played jazz and also accompanied meditations at various spiritual gatherings worldwide. One memorable gig found him playing a synthesizer at the pyramids in Egypt!
Along the way, he found a new passion — composing. He has worked extensively for theater, serving as musical director for several shows (including a musical tribute to Judy Garland!).
These days, John writes for several production music libraries, and has scored several films. His music has been used by Harpo Productions, HBO, Discovery, and the History Channel.
His scores have won several awards:
- Best Score, from the Tamil state in India (2008)
- Award of Merit, from IndieFest in San Diego (2008)
He resides in San Francisco with his lovely wife Jean and his Maltese doggy, Winston. He and Jean enjoy food, fine wine and travel.