Tyler Westen is an innovative composer, skilled in a wide range of film, television and theatrical music. His extensive experience enables him to create compositions from orchestral to rock, with style and elegance for any musical situation, including action, adventure, drama, romance, horror and comedy. He is highly skilled in technical support, has organized and conducted musical ensembles, and has produced many recording sessions, often standing in when the original composer is unavailable.
Westen recently scored a new feature length romanic comedy, Cassanova Was A Woman. Which is the story of a New York woman struggling with her sexual identity. He has has also collaborated with Adrian Lee on the animated feature, Dragon Nest, as well as having written songs for Locals Only, a new theatrical musical from producer Bill Borden, creator of High School Musical, which premiered in Los Angeles in October of 2014. Westen also composed the score for Sea Horse, an independent feature incorporating a variety of compositional techniques to compliment the thrilling and sometimes terrifying landscapes of a post-apocalyptic Alaskan wilderness.
Westen previously held positions as Composer’s Assistant for Clinton Shorter and Trevor Morris. He most recently provided vital technical and writing support during demanding post-production schedules for the major films Pompeii and Olympus Has Fallen, in addition to TV series Intelligence, The Borgias, 666 Park Avenue, The Vikings and more. His responsibilities included technical support for multi computer writing rigs, project completion oversight, orchestration support and composition assistance. Westen also worked as Composer’s Assistant for Grammy-nominated composer Stephen Endelman, Oscar-nominated composer Javier Navarrete, and noted professional composers Nathan Wang and Gary Chase. Major projects included films and television shows for Anchor Bay, Sony Pictures Classics, ABC, The Syfy Channel, and 20th Century Fox. Westen also played guitar on the soundtrack The Grand and performed guitar on camera in the Jane Fonda film, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.
Westen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition at Occidental College, where he won the Elinor Remick Warren Award for “Best Student Composer of the Year.” While at Occidental, Westen co-composed scores for over 30 short films and conducted the Caltech-Occidental Symphony Orchestra performing his own composition, Dark Horse.
Westen’s knowledge and enthusiasm for music comes from a longstanding experience with instrumental composition, beginning with the guitar at age 14. A rock ‘n roll kid at heart, Westen played guitar and bass in a number of rock bands throughout his teenage years and through college, with performances at such noted Hollywood venues as the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Knitting Factory, Pig 'n Whistle, Viper Room and Rainbow Room.