15 17 Oct '24

Chanda Dancy

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Texas-raised, Chanda Dancy, started composing orchestral works at the age of 12. She has been described as a “phenomenal composer” (Ted Chung, Zacuto: Featured Filmmakers) and “quickly gaining recognition as a foremost black American contemporary composer.” (Anthony Parnther, Conductor, San Bernardino Symphony). Her works are described as “emotionally penetrating” (John Malveaux, Africlassical.com) and “rich” (George Heymont, Huffington Post ).

An alumnus of the USC Film Scoring Program, and the Sundance Composers Lab, Chanda Dancy is an accomplished film, television and classical concert composer. Arts Boston named her one of “10 Contemporary Black Composers You Should Know”. She is known for her work on the hit Paramount+ TV Original “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” produced by David Oyelowo and Taylor Sheridan, the Sony Pictures biopic “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, directed by Kasi Lemmons, and the Korean War era epic film “Devotion” starring Jonathan Majors (Da 5 Bloods, Loki) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick), of which the score was selected for the 2022 OSCARS Shortlist. Her work can also be heard in the upcoming MGM thriller “Blink Twice”, starring Channing Tatum and directed by Zoe Kravitz.

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