New York based double bassist and composer, Garth Stevenson, creates music for film and television, drawing his inspiration from nature. He recently collaborated for the second time with director John Curran (The Painted Veil) on the biographical drama Chappaquiddick, starring Kate Mara and Jason Clarke. Curran and Stevenson’s first collaboration was on the 2013 dramatic biography, Tracks which featured Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. Stevenson’s score accompanied the character’s long desert trek with a gentle, ethereal score that blows through the film like a warm breeze. Stevenson lent an anguished beauty to the Antarctic-set drama Red Knot (which he also has a part in), and sensitively scored the PBS Independent Lens documentary, Young Lakota—which tackled a story about Native Americans, politics, and abortion. Stevenson also scored the drama Ten Thousand Saints (starring Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke), and the documentary, Resilience, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Garth’s most recent work can be heard in the drama Tater Tot & Patton (starring Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder), Seed: The Untold Story and in the pilot of the new TV drama, Roadside Picnic. Stevenson most recently scored the documentary Grizzlies, about a group of Inuit students in the Arctic, and the thriller Them That Follow, starring Jim Gaffigan and Walton Goggins, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019.
Stevenson grew up in the mountains of Western Canada, where he learned to play piano and double bass, and cultivated a harmony with nature. He studied at Berklee College of Music before launching into an active career of composing and performing. His time spent outdoors with his 150-year-old bass has inspired two studio albums, most recently the highly-reviewed Flying. He has also played his instrument on more than 50 studio albums for other artists.
“So much of my sound and musical vocabulary evolved from the thousands of hours I’ve spent playing alone in nature,” says Stevenson. “Scouting locations, getting lost in the woods, encountering animals—it’s all such a journey before I even take my bass out of the case. It’s that journey that I hope comes across in the music.”