Nathan Barr: An Amazing Composer

June 4, 2010 by  


Nathan Barr will also be playing select tracks for an exclusive concert at The Ubeda Music Festival in Spain.

HBO’s highly-acclaimed and ratings record-breaking drama series, TRUE BLOOD will premiere its third season on June 13th, featuring the score of composer Nathan Barr.

The award-winning composer arranges all the music, and performs the majority of the instrumental parts from his own private home studio in Topanga Canyon. “I’ve dusted off my dulcimer and a couple of other strange and obscure instruments that I never thought I’d have the chance to use and incorporated them into the score, giving the show some fresh musical notes while maintaining that True Blood sound,” he said.

For the upcoming season, Barr collaborated with singer-songwriter, Elvis Costello on an original Lucinda Williams track, in which he played the cello. Barr has composed the score for all three seasons of the show. Executive Producer and show creator, Alan Ball, says that Barr’s work “continually impresses and surprises me, and one of the favorite parts of my job is driving out to his studio to hear his score cues, as I know I’m always in for a treat.”

During the show’s hiatus, Nate scored THE LAST EXORCISM his third collaboration with producer, Eli Roth. Barr also scored the successful documentary, HOOD TO COAST that recently debuted to sold out audiences at the South by Southwest Festival.

Nate will be performing select tracks from the TRUE BLOOD score for an exclusive hour long concert at the Ubeda Music Festival in Spain this coming July. While the official time and date is to be announced, the concert will most likely take place on July 15, at 9:30pm at Palacio de los Dávalos (House of Towers).

Ranked as one of the top 100 grossing film composers, Nathan not only composes his own original scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in the majority of his compositions. Skilled in writing many styles and genres ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments from around the world, which include human bone trumpets from Tibet, dismantled pianos, a rare glass harmonica, and gourd cellos, among many others. Barr has scored more than 24 feature films to date, including Warner Bros.’ hit comedies THE DUKES OF HAZZARD and BEERFEST. TRUE BLOOD marks his debut as a composer for a full series.

TRUE BLOOD details the whimsical co-existence of vampires and humans in small town Louisiana. Thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, humans have been taken off the menu and vampires have become fellow citizens overnight. Disconcerting to nearly everyone but Sookie Stackhouse (played by Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), a young, telepathic waitresses. As an outcast herself, she is optimistic about the integration of vampires. Drawn to the mysteries of their world, she falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Nate comments, “The story-telling and the characters in True Blood are all beautifully complex which makes my job as a composer very exciting because I have such a rich world to play with thematically. Who would have thought that could be possible after last season’s amazing ride?”

The new season of TRUE BLOOD premiers on Sunday, June 13 on HBO.

You can also read’s exclusive interview with Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott where we learn the work involved to composing music for the scenes in True Blood.