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January 01, 2013

Michael A. Levine, Music

Michael A. Levine was the series composer for the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS dramas Cold Case and Close to Home, for which he was awarded eight ASCAP awards, and is the series composer for the not-yet-released George Lucas-produced Star Wars Detours animated Star Wars parody. He scored the much-lauded documentary, Landfill Harmonic, about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, and co-wrote its closing credits song, "Cateura — Vamos a Soñar." He was the music producer (with Lucas Cantor) of Lorde’s version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and of chart-topping records for Nat and Alex Wolff. Levine also composed the theme for Scrat, the sabertooth squirrel featured in the Ice Age shorts. 
Levine provided additional music and violin on a number of Hans Zimmer scores, including The Simpsons Movie, Batman: The Dark Knight, and Rango. Levine’s concert music includes Divination by Mirrors for Saw and Strings, which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City; his Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra premiered at Ryman Hall in Nashville. 
Levine began his career in advertising and still writes music for commercials. His best-known contribution to Western culture may be composing the classic Kit Kat candy bar “Gimme a Break” jingle.
Michael A. Levine was the series composer for the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS dramas Cold Case and Close to Home, for which he was awarded eight ASCAP awards, and is the series composer for the not-yet-released George Lucas-produced Star Wars Detours animated Star Wars parody. He scored the much-lauded documentary, Landfill Harmonic, about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, and co-wrote its closing credits song, "Cateura — Vamos a Soñar." He was the music producer (with Lucas Cantor) of Lorde’s version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and of chart-topping records for Nat and Alex Wolff. Levine also composed the theme for Scrat, the sabertooth squirrel featured in the Ice Age shorts. 

Levine provided additional music and violin on a number of Hans Zimmer scores, including The Simpsons Movie, Batman: The Dark Knight, and Rango. Levine’s concert music includes Divination by Mirrors for Saw and Strings, which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City; his Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra premiered at Ryman Hall in Nashville. 

Levine began his career in advertising and still writes music for commercials. His best-known contribution to Western culture may be composing the classic Kit Kat candy bar “Gimme a Break” jingle.
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