Alan Lazar is a film and TV composer. Lazar recently scored Netflix’s Princess Switch: Switched Again, starring Vanessa Hudgens and directed by Mike Rohl; Netflix’s Holiday in the Wild, starring Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe, directed by Ernie Barbarash; and the prestigious BBC program Natural World, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Lazar has scored more than 50 films and TV shows including Netflix’s The Most Hated Woman In America, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and directed by Tommy O’Haver; Billy Raftery’s documentary Angels In Exile, narrated by Charlize Theron; HBO’s Golden-Globe winning and Emmy Award-winning series Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon; Golden Globe nominee An American Crime, starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener; 15 seasons of the Real Housewives franchise; National Geographic’s “Best Nature Programming” Emmy-nominated wildlife documentary Swamp of the Baboons, and many more.
Lazar was a keyboard player and producer of the multi-platinum selling band Mango Groove. They performed at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, and toured extensively around the world. Lazar’s classic South African song, “African Dream,” originally performed by Vicky Sampson, was performed in 2019 by America’s Got Talent finalist Ndlovu Youth Choir for their debut on the show. His score for Otelo Burning, directed and produced by Sara Blecher, earned him a nomination for “Best Achievement in Original Music/Score” at the South African Film and Television Awards and his score for Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema was rated by Film Music Magazine as one of the best scores of that year. Lazar also won a Wawela Inaugural Recognition Award, presented by performing rights society SAMRO and received a Mark Awards nomination (honoring excellence within the production music industry) for “Best Ambient Track” with “Hammer Will Fall.”
In addition to composing music for film and television, Lazar is a novelist and the founder of “Lalela Music,” a production music catalog that enjoys millions of broadcast performances globally, and is now owned by STX Entertainment, where Lazar is Senior Director of Catalog Music. His first novel, Roam, published by Atria Books, was translated into eight languages and was runner-up for the Los Angeles Book Festival’s Best Fiction award.
Lazar is a member of the Television Academy, Recording Academy, BMI, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Production Music Association.
He received his MFA from USC Film School and currently resides in Calabasas, California with his husband, two daughters, and a dog named Comet. He cooks a mean chili, loves Texas Hold ‘Em poker, and giggles uncontrollably when he gets overly tired.
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