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Miguel Mera

Nationality: Spanish

Publisher: Chester Music

Miguel Mera is recognized as one of the most versatile and distinctive composers of music for film and television working today. He was born in the UK but is equally proud of his Spanish heritage. His family hail from Galicia (northwest Spain) where the spacious landscapes and rhythmic vitality of the regional language are clear influences on his music. Miguel learned guitar at an early age and soon began to experiment with his own compositions. He read music at the University of York studying composition with Roger Marsh and Trevor Wishart, followed by further study at Bournemouth and Oxford Brookes universities. His work has been screened at film festivals around the world including: Cannes, Chicago, Edinburgh, London, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Tampere, Valladolid and Venice. Moth won best film at the Splash Film Festival, while Broken won the golden camera award at the Nashik International Film Festival, India. Recent projects include Little Ashes, which received its premiére at the Raindance Film Festival. TV projects include dramas and documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery Channel and History Channel, and idents for Nickelodeon. Auschwitz: the Forgotten Evidence, was shortlisted for a BAFTA and Ian Hislop’s Scouting for Boys was shortlisted for a prestigious Grierson Award. Current projects include a feature-documentary about Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses for the BBC. Miguel is also passionate about film music education and has taught at the Royal College of Music, Anglia Ruskin University and the Dartington International Summer School. He has led workshops in association with the British Film Institute, Wigmore Hall, BBC Concert Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. Miguel is a member of BAFTA and served on their Learning and Events Committee for five years. Miguel is also widely published in music and moving image studies from music in historical drama to the use of popular songs in contemporary cinema. He is the author of Mychael Danna’s the Ice Storm (Scarecrow Press, 2007) and co-editor of European Film Music (Ashgate, 2006).
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