Cristobal Tapia De Veer

composer, arranger, music producer, multi-instrumentalist

 
Score composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer seems to have literally tapped into the minds and emotions of the Utopia[1] cast. As a result of this musical genius, we are able to as well. If you were to listen to the soundtrack disconnected from the actual series, you could almost say this is a new musical genre in the making.[2]
Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s music will stick in your mind long after you’ve heard it. His scores are a far cry from the orchestral music often used in film and TV. They are distinctive, experimental and often, downright strange – an eclectic mix of musical styles and ominous sounds that will give you shivers.
De Veer is the composer behind some of the most memorable soundtracks on TV in the past three years. [3]

Multiple award winning Cristobal “Cristo” Tapia de Veer is a Chilean born, classically trained musician, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, composing music scores for film & TV, based in Montreal, Canada.

After obtaining his Master’s degree (with honors) from the ‘Conservatory of Music of Québec’, he plunged into the pop music world and got signed to Warner Music in 2001, putting a hold on his classical career.

His band One Ton reached number one in Canada in 2003 with the electro-dance single “Supersex World” and won the Canadian Dance Music Award (SOCAN). After a tumultuous tour the young band decided to split up.

He continued to work as an album producer and touring musician with a wide variety of bands, further enriching his pop music experience.

In 2011 he scored his first mini-TV series “The Crimson Petal and the White” (dir: Marc Munden, BBC2), nominated at the BAFTA’S 2012 for Best mini-series.

2 years later Munden and Cristo teamed up again to work on C4’s critically acclaimed cult series “Utopia”. The 2 x 6 episode long conspiracy thriller won an International EMMY Award 2014 for best drama series. His music for Utopia won several awards (both seasons) and became an international milestone in the scoring world.

In 2013, he composed the music for ICI-Radio-Canada’s new TV-drama “Série Noire” (dir: JF Rivard), for which he won twice at the PRIX GEMEAUX (Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television) in 2014 and received a third trophy for the second season in 2016.

Later that year, he began work on the BBC One mini-series “Jamaica Inn”, directed by BAFTA award-winning Phillipa Lowthorpe.

Shortly after, AMC / C4’s co-production “Humans” became C4’s biggest drama hit in 20 years and got nominated for best drama series at the BAFTAs 2016.

His first feature film “The Girl with all the Gifts” opened the Locarno Film Festival and was released in fall 2016 (distr: Warner UK). Cristo won in the best original music category at the 24th Festival International du Film Fantastique Gérardmer 2017, the film also won the public choice award.

Congruently, Cristo was awarded a Golden Fipa 2017 (Festival de Film de Biarritz) as well as a BAFTA for C4’s mini-series “National Treasure”, which was hailed among critics as the most powerful series of the year.

BBC-America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” has been released in fall 2016 and has gathered cult status amongst its fans on Netflix worldwide.

SOCAN honoured Cristo with the prestigious International Achievement Award in fall 2017, marking the first time that a composer for film and television has been awarded the prize. Previous recipients of the award include bands such as Arcade Fire.

Due to his monumental success, Cristo was invited to be part of the jury at the 1st edition of Canneseries in France. CANNESERIES aims to highlight series from all over the world and to give an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form.

Recent releases include 2 episodes of “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” (Amazon, C4), for which he received an EMMY nomination, as well as the higly acclaimed season 4 finale of Netflix’ dark sci-fi anthology series “Black Mirror – Black Museum”.

His second feature film, an adaptation of Antonio Orejudo‘s dark novel Ventajas de Viajar en Tren, directed by Aritz Moreno and produced by Morena Films, Spain, competed in the official selections of SITGES – Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya and Tokyo Film International Film Festival in fall 2019.

The anticipated first feature by Moreno unites a stellar cast, including Luis TosarPilar CastroJavier Botet and many more.

 

Honours:

  • Winner SOCAN INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017 (CA)
  • Winner BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2017 (UK): Best Original Music (National Treasure)
  • Winner Golden FIPA Biarritz 2017 (FR): Best Original Music (National Treasure)
  • Winner 24e Festival de Gérardmer 2017 (FR): Best Original Score (The Girl with all the Gifts)
  • Winner Prix Gémeaux 2016 (CA): Best Original Score (Série Noire II)
  • Winner Music & Sound Awards 2015 (UK): Best Original TV Score (Utopia II)
  • Winner Prix Gémeaux 2014 (CA): Best Original Score (Série Noire I)
  • Winner Prix Gémeaux 2014 (CA): Best Theme Music (Série Noire I)
  • Winner RTS Craft & Design Awards 2013 (UK): Best Original Score (Utopia I)
  • Winner SOCAN Dance Music Award 2003 (CA) (One Ton)
  • Nominee PREMIOS FEROZ (ES): Best Original Music (Ventajas de Viajar en Tren)
  • Nominee PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD 2018 (US): Outstanding Music Composition for a limited series (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams “Crazy Diamond”)
  • Nominee RTS Craft & Design Awards 2014 (UK): Best Original Score (Utopia II)
  • Runner Up Televisual Bulldog Awards 2014 (UK): Best Original Score (Utopia I)
  • Nominee Televisual Bulldog Awards 2015 (UK): Best Original Score (Utopia II)

List of directors Cristo had the pleasure working with (in alphabetical order):

Collaborations as arranger and co-composer include:

[1] International Emmy award winning, British conspiracy thriller (Channel 4)
[2] Paste Magazine, US – Roxanne Sancto, Aug 6th, 2014, ~8mio viewers/ monthly
[3] Creative Review, UK – Rachael Steven, Jan 5th, 2017, ~1.5mio viewers/ monthly, 20.000 hard copies
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