Giancarlo Vulcano is a composer in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for his work in TV and Film, and for the variety of musical languages he can call upon depending on the project. His most recent score is for the HBO documentary, "One Nation Under Stress", directed by Marc Levin.
In 2019, he is scoring the series Briarpatch, starring Rosario Dawson. The show was created by Andy Greenwald and is being Executive Produced by Sam Esmail for USA Network.
A long association with Jeff Richmond and Tina Fey began during the SNL years, through 7 seasons of 30 Rock, culminating in his work as co-composer on Great News (NBC) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix). His comedy work continued with Keith Powell’s web series Keith Broke his Leg, the feature Gayby directed by Jonathan Lisecki and currently the feature Modern Persuasion, directed by Lisecki and Alex Appel. He has scored 3 award winning documentaries: Unfinished Spaces (2011), The Longest Game (2014), Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story (2018), and the psychological thriller My Name is David (2015).
Vulcano works frequently with legendary producer Hal Willner, with whom he shares a passion for the music of Nino Rota. He has contributed arrangements and conducted the orchestra for Willner/Rota concerts at The Barbican (London), the Venice Biennale, Lincoln Center and The Stone (NYC). He has shared the stage with Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Mike Gibbs, Steven Bernstein, Art Baron, Gary Lucas, Kate St. John, Marc Almond, Courtney Love, among many others.
In 2015 Willner brought Vulcano together with Eric Mingus to realize Mingus’ vision of The Who’s Tommy as an evening length Jazz Opera. Vulcano arranged the entire work, using styles spanning the history of Jazz, with vocal performances by Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Gavin Friday, Robert Forster, Harper Simon, Camille O’Sullivan, Elana Stone and Mingus himself. The show premiered in 2015 at The Adelaide Festival in Australia, with Vulcano conducting and playing guitar.
Vulcano has been called on to orchestrate scores by iconic composers such as Angelo Badalamenti and Paris based Japanese composer Jun Miyake.