As a film composer, Mr. Barnett’s scores have appeared in more than four hundred television and theatrical films. His work in documentary film has won awards including the Cine Golden Eagle for his work on National Geographic’s Tibet’s Hidden Kingdom, a Peer Award for The Discovery Channel’s Raising the Mammoth and Emmy nominations for Holocaust: the Untold Story and Cosmic Journey (for A & E). The Paper Clips score won the 2004 Rome International Film Festival’s Jerry Goldsmith Award. Paper Clips also won the Christopher Award for 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy. Mr. Barnett has also written music for Saturday Night Live, The Cosby Show, Closer to Truth, Third Rock from the Sun, Weeds and Royal Pains. Recently his score for the PBS series The Appalachians was released by Sony records. His score for Dreamer, a documentary about C.S. Lewis, produced by Walt Disney Productions, was recently released as part of the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe boxed set. His feature films include Kickin’ It, War Child, Bedford: The Town They Left Behind, Keeping the Lights On and My Father’s Will.
Mr. Barnett’s concert music career includes worldwide performances of his orchestral and chamber works. His Serenade for Double Bass was recently performed in London and has been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. His violin concerto Concerto in Fourths – The Brooklyn Affair and the symphony The Blue Chevrolet are available for purchase through Modern Songbook Records. His viola concerto, From Istanbul, was recently recorded by Osman Kivrac. Mr. Barnett’s was commissioned to write a spoken word piece in collaboration with Dr. Maya Angelou for the Pageant of Peace in Washington, DC, in 2007. Mr. Barnett is an artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
He has also arranged and produced pop and jazz records for countless artists including Thrice for Island/Def Jam and Jason Falkner for Elektra. And he continues to proudly play with the eclectic lounge band, Chaise Lounge.
Mr. Barnett can also be heard as an occasional commentator on NPR.