“One of the most remarkable TV-movie scores of the past season was in Lifetime’s remake of the classic The Bad Seed. The composer was Leanna Primiani, who has many concert-hall credits but is a relatively new voice on the film-music scene. I was so impressed with her music... I look forward to more work by this talented composer.”
Primiani's music was recently featured on NPR's Performance Today, with over 1.5 million listeners nationwide!
Variety’s Jon Burlingame says, “One of the most remarkable TV-movie scores of the past season... I was so impressed with her music... I look forward to more work by this talented composer.”
Leanna Primiani is an award-winning composer who aims to bring together the collective experiences of the many for greater understanding. Her music asks listeners to consider deep issues and ideas related to the female experience, as she believes that connection and thoughtful participation can catalyze powerful change. Leanna writes music that changes how listeners see themselves and the world around them. Using electronics as well as orchestral instrumentation, she explores the limits of musical form, sound, and time.
Starting out as a conductor, with credits including the National Symphony and LA Opera, she never imagined that composition would take over her life. Leanna channeled her kinesthetic experience of music-making as a conductor into her writing, with her music being championed by Bang On A Can, the Nashville Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival, and the Imani Chamber Music Festival in NYC.
Taking her story-telling further, she composes for film and television. Credits include the WIF/Fox Searchlight production of Signal, the feature documentary Altitude Not Attitude, as well as the remake of the cult classic The Bad Seed, directed by and starring Rob Lowe. Variety’s Jon Burlingame calls the music “one of the most remarkable… scores of the past season.” Her training as a classical composer, her fluency with large-scale orchestral scores combined with her talents in electronic sound design gives Leanna an advantage few other composers can boast when scoring film.
Leanna recently won the 2020 Toulmin Commission from the League of American Orchestra and The American Composers Orchestra to compose a work for ROCO in Houston to be premiered in February 2022. Recent premieres include Gaudete by the Wheeling Symphony in December 2020, Glass Ceiling by the St. Olaf Band, OMNI for Reed Trio by Trio 212 New York City, Anxiety for Violin and Electronics in NYC all in May 2021, and Anxiety for Cello and Electronics premiered by Nick Photinos at Bang On A Can at MASS MoCA in July 2021. Most recently, Leanna was a featured composer at the 2021 Taiwan International Flute Festival and a composer-in-residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts in Upstate NY.
Past performances of her catalog include the Nashville Symphony, Cabrillo Festival, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, United Nations 50 for Freedom campaign, International Clarinet Association (Belgium and the USA), National Flute Association, Imani Wind Festival (NYC), June In Buffalo, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Harvard Women’s Choral Festival, Atlanta Chamber Players, Vox Musica, Ensemble Mo (FR), and the Commandaria Orchestra Chamber Music Series (CY) and the Hear/Now Festival in LA.
A native Californian, Leanna currently splits her time between Santa Monica and New York. She earned a doctorate in composition from USC and has studied with such noted composers and conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eo¨tvo¨s, Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky, Morten Lauridsen, and Howard Shore. She is a member of BMI, Recording Arts Academy, Television Academy, New York Women Composers, The Alliance of Women Film Composers, and The Society of Composers and Lyricists.
.... Lifetime’s “The Bad Seed” — a modern remake of the ’50s classic about an evil little girl (played by Mckenna Grace) — could easily have tripped into camp territory, given the subject matter and the stream of murders she very obviously commits. But L.A. composer Leanna Primiani treated it seriously, upping the suspense quotient as the child’s father (Rob Lowe, who also directed) slowly faces the truth.
Lowe requested “something very lush and scary, like ‘Out of Africa’ meets ‘The Shining,’” Primiani recalls. She developed a melodic theme, a melancholy piece for strings that hints at the malevolence but might be more mood-setting than finger-pointing at the killer.
Primiani augmented her 25-piece orchestra (strings, horns and clarinets) with an out-of-tune piano. “Every little girl plays the piano, but there is something so off about her, that the piano had to be off, too,” ... (read full article on Variety.com)
"One of the most remarkable TV-movie scores of the past season was in Lifetime’s remake of the classic The Bad Seed. The composer was Leanna Primiani, who has many concert-hall credits but is a relatively new voice on the film-music scene. I was so impressed with her music... I look forward to more work by this talented composer."
-- Jon Burlingame, Variety music critic
“Leanna’s writing for this short shows that her skill in creating what the director wants for the film is evident. It has a real-life feel to it. You can feel the tones in your bones.”
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