Derek Baird has composed music for PBS’s Wide Angle and Emmy-winning series, Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports. He has also composed and arranged music for Bill Moyers, Farheed Zakaria, and several other PBS shows.
His recent score for In Exile, a documentary by Tin Win Naing, was selected for The Toronto International Film Festival. This subtly dramatic score features a warm and sparse ensemble of chamber strings/harp/guitar, underscoring the tense and pensive atmosphere of the film. The score eludes any specific nods to genre and weaves together a unique tapestry of dark color, bringing to life the humbly beautiful cinematography and crucial message of smart coexistence.
Caffeinated, an award-winning film playing festivals and TV around the world, exhudes a colorful score. A sonic globe-trot, highlighting the the explorative nature of the film, the music is focused on small ethnic ensembles balanced by modern synth/electronic sensibilities. Charango and ukulele give way to jazz and reflective acoustic guitar, rounded out by minimal electronic rhythmic elements. Caffeinated is currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
Derek studied at the graduate Screen Scoring program at The University of Southern California. Additionally, he had undergraduate studies at the conservatory of North Carolina School of the Arts, and composition classes with Conrad Cummings at Juilliard Evening Division.
Bringing a wealth of styles in addition to his classical studies, Derek has an affinity for the mechanics of music and an innate ability to wed score to screen effectively in a variety of genres.