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Ed Hartman

Ed Hartman performs and scores percussive, orchestral, jazz, pop, rock, Latin, world and electronic music.

Ed Hartman is a composer in Seattle, Washington, with a widely varied musical background. Ed's recording facility includes a very large array of real percussion instruments (marimba/vibes, hand drums, world percussion, etc.).

Originally from Chicago, Ed Hartman is an accomplished composer, performer, and educator. Ed received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and has been involved with the film and music communities in the Pacific Northwest for decades. He creates music drawn from many styles, genres and cultures. Ed is at home with classical orchestral music, along with electronic and world music. As a percussionist, he can create intense rhythmic scores that can contrast with lyrical orchestral passages. Ed loves sci-fi, drama, comedy, fantasy and suspense.

Media Credits: Ed has scored music for film, T.V., radio, and even a planetarium. His music has been heard in the motion pictures "The Blind Side" and "Scooby Doo, The Mystery Begins" (Warner Bros.), "The Cold Light of Day" (Summit Ent.), "Surviving Christmas" (Dreamworks), “Into the Fire” (BCDF Pictures), “Spirit of the Game” (Samuel Goldwyn), “A Different Sun” (Monolith Pictures), “Cool It” (1019 Ent.), "Mini's First Time" (Bold Films), "Forbidden Fruit" (Jeff Madsen Productions), and "The Parlyzing Agent" (Z Flight Productions).

Ed recently scored the multi-award winning feature film “As the Earth Turns” (1938 unreleased film), and scored music for the documentary: "Project Colombia" (The MapMakers), the feature film: ”Fitz" (Who Made Who Productions) - 2008 Alberta Film and Television Awards Nominee: Best Feature Film). Ed has scored a variety of short films, including: “The Son, The Father”, “Little Peter Needs to Fly”, "End Zone", “The Three Stars” (Seattle International Fly Film Festival), “Trauma”, “Winston”, “Those in Need”, “A Rich Mann”.

Ed's music has been on television, including: "The Twilight Zone", “Crazy Ex- Girlfriend”(CW), "Revenge", “Motive”(ABC), "Twas the Night", "Katie Morgan", Big Love (HBO), “Lucifer”,“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX), "Passions" (NBC), "Let's Make a Deal" (CBS), “Real Housewives of Miami” (BRAVO), “Doc-Block” (MSNBC), "Greek" (ABCFamily) , "Emeril Green" (GREEN), "Nature", "Gourmet Adventures with Ruth" (PBS), "Channel 5 Takes Latin", "Relic Hunter" "Extreme Towns" (TRAVEL), "America Now" (Ind.), "Shalom In The Home", "Toddlers and Tiaras" , "High Stakes Sweepers"(TLC), "Amazing Wedding Cakes" (Womens Ent) and many more.

Ed Hartman has recorded and performed with numerous bands, orchestras, dance and theatre co’s including Grammy-winning artists, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, Tickle Tune Typhoon, and Ellipsis.

Originally from Chicago, Ed received his degree in percussion from Indiana University.

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"Ed Hartman's music is astounding." Maria Humphreys, Strong Body Strong Soul (Podcast)

"Hartman’s new score is a fine complement to this new release. It is period-appropriate, but with a modern feel, which is appropriate for the forward-thinking tone of the film." Kendahl Cruver, aclassicmovieblog.com

"...the digitally restored 1938 original has been outfitted with a period-appropriate score by contemporary composer Ed Hartman." Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times

“Congratulations on your achievements and fantastic score. Continue making music that tells a story as much as the film itself. We hope to experience more of your work in the future.” Global Independent Film Awards (Winner Gold Award, Best Score)

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Ed Hartman Percussion Studio (North Seattle area) 1/2 hr and 45 minute lessons, weekly. Free info session.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Ed Hartman performs a wide variety of styles, including jazz, classical, pop, and world music on a 7 1/2 foot long Honduras marimba, and vibraphone. Ed demonstrates his use of electronics and percussion to create a "One-Man Band". His clinics include basic techniques that anyone can use, and practical information about how to chose an instrument based on goals and budget

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