Co-Owner, Composer, Musician
Phil hails from Chicago and grew up on deep-dish pizza. After studying at Berklee School of Music and The University of Illinois, Phil moved to California. He eventually landed on his feet at UCLA, where he was music director of the dance department. He also taught at Santa Monica College. Since coming to Minneapolis, Phil has built dual careers of composing music for film and TV by day, and playing jazz by night.
Phil has a unique ability to compose in a wide range of styles with a keen eye for the visual and emotional intent of a scene. He consistently creates compelling themes and rich soundscapes that move the images and story along. Phil has received local and international recognition for his music scores – including numerous Tellys, International Film Festival awards, an International Monitor award, and two Emmys.
As a jazz pianist, Phil has recorded five CDs and performed with a variety of national and international musicians, including Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, and Barbara Morrison. When it’s time to relax, Phil can be spotted streaking by on his recumbent bike. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his wife Jeanne and their four kids.