A dynamic composer with roots in classical, rock and ethnic
music, John DeBorde brings a refreshing, down to earth approach
to each and every project, from feature film and television
to promotional, interactive and educational genres.
John’s early, in-depth education in music combined
with diverse professional experiences has given him the knowledge
and intuition to tackle a variety of artistic challenges.
In addition to studying and performing numerous instruments,
with a focus on piano and guitar, John broadened his training
to include film and drama and achieved a Masters Degree in
Music Composition from San Francisco State University. John’s
creativity emerges from a wide repertoire of period and cultural
styles - from ancient tribal sounds to modern jazz, iridescent
ambient soundscapes to powerful orchestral themes and textures
- producing robust and satisfying musical portraits.
Over the past few years, John has had the good fortune to
be involved with many exciting and worthwhile endeavors, a
number of which have garnered professional industry recognition.
In 2001, his powerful, eclectic score for the documentary
Voices of the Sierra Tarahumara, was presented at
Sundance as well as other notable international festivals.
He received the prestigious Telly and Aurora Awards in recognition
of the dramatic music scores he wrote for a series of short
films titled Reconocer. An MSNBC television special,
Islam in America: Faith Under Fire, showcased John’s
ability to enhance a powerful message with a dramatic musical
In addition to music composition, John remains active in
concert performance. He recently premiered his work New
Moon Haze (a chamber concerto featuring solo electric
guitar) with the Nieuw Ensemble in Amsterdam, featuring himself
as the soloist. His works have also been performed at CSU
Summer Arts in Long Beach California, June in Buffalo and
at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A prolific and dedicated composer, John approaches his art
with passion, professionalism, and an emphasis on client satisfaction
- an accomplishment as rewarding to him as the composition