Ed Barguiarena

Altadena, California, United States

Film Projects


Ed Barguiarena is a composer, musician, producer, and educator. He creates music for film, documentaries, contemporary dance, theater, songs, public art installations, and more. 

Ed is a Sundance Institute Composer Fellow with grants and awards from: the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, and The American Music Center.

He has designed and presented concerts, lectures, workshops, and installations for: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Kennedy Center, The Music Center of Los Angeles County, The San Francisco Symphony, USC School of Cinematic Arts, The Sundance Institute, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and others.

In August of this year, Ed served as the Guest Artistic Director for the Grand Reopening of The Plaza For All at the Music Center of Los Angeles County. This celebration included a procession from Grand Park to The Plaza For All featuring: musicians, dancers, visual artists, and community groups. The event culminated with a sing-a-long concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Music Director - Grant Gershon, Artist in Residence - Eric Whitacre, and others.

Earlier this year, Ed presented A Journey Through Minimalism with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ed was host, writer, performer, and music director for this project. Since 2005, Ed has created and/or developed ten interactive concerts for the LA Phil.

He also developed an extensive study guide on the art and craft of film scoring for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in preparation for a series of concerts hosted by film composer, Michael Giacchino.

Last summer, Ed composed and conducted TRANCE for Brass Ensemble and Spoken Word, in partnership with poet, Peter J. Harris, which premiered at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. 

In collaboration with drummer and Music Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ed was the arranger and orchestrator for Billie & Me, a concert tour in London and the United States featuring reimagined Billie Holiday songs performed by: Dianne Reeves, Amy Winehouse, Angelique Kidjo, Chrissie Hynde, Lalah Hathaway, Joan Osborne, and Fontella Bass. 

Ed is the drummer and percussionist for Great Willow (2018 LA Music Critic Award Winner - Best Americana Band)

His documentary film scores include: 

In Our Son’s Name (PBS, 2016)

Raising Ryland (CNN Films, 2015)

Cesar’s Last Fast (Sundance Film Festival, 2014)

Other creative projects include:

Composer/Curator - Sleepless, Walt Disney Concert Hall

Composer/Creative Advisor - United States Artists

Music Director - ActiveArts, The Music Center of Los Angeles County

Installation Designer - Rhythm Maze, Music Experience/Installation, The Music Center of Los Angeles County

Composer/Game Designer - Have A Seat, Interactive Music Installation, The Music Center of Los Angeles County