The Info List - John Van Tongeren

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John Warrington Van Tongeren is an American keyboardist and composer for films and television.


1 Biography 2 Awards 3 Filmography 4 Discography 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Van Tongeren's career in the entertainment business began as a keyboardist, with one of his earliest projects being the band Q, featuring Jon St. James and Stacey Swain (a.k.a. Stacey Q). After Q folded in the early '80s, Van Tongeren became an in-demand session musician and began composing music for movies. As a musician, he has worked with Chicago, Robbie Nevil, John Parr, Starship, Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Living in a Box, Stryper, and others. He currently works out of The Blue Room, a recording studio in Los Angeles. Van Tongeren began his film scoring career as one of the original members of Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions). During his time at Media Ventures Van Tongeren worked on films such as Thelma & Louise, True Romance
True Romance
and Drop Zone with Hans Zimmer. He also collaborated with Mark Mancina on Speed, Moll Flanders, Fair Game, Assassins and Twister. Van Tongeren then began to compose music for television series, including Poltergeist: The Legacy and the nineties revival of The Outer Limits, which he won awards for. Van Tongeren again collaborated with Mancina on the Speed sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and then worked with Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin
on the 1998 film Armageddon. Outside of film and television Van Tongeren was asked to compose three orchestral interludes and contribute production for the late Jazz drummer Tony Williams' 1996 album Wilderness. In the 2000s Van Tongeren continued working on film scores, such as XXX and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Randy Edelman, The Passion of the Christ with John Debney, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and the Disney
films The Cheetah Girls and Princess Protection Program. He also scored more sci-fi television series including The 4400, for which he won the BMI award. His songwriting has led to platinum CDs for Rhythm of the Pride Lands
Rhythm of the Pride Lands
- Disney, and The Cheetah Girls, as well as the Top Ten hit single for Starship, It's Not Over ('Til It's Over) and 3 songs on the Wall-E Inspired by CD. 2010 saw projects including Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2
and Predators with John Debney and movies for Nickelodeon and Disney. John also wrote and produced songs on Disney's Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
and Bayou Boogie: Inspired by Princess & the Frog. 2014, John is scoring the redux of the classic Tom and Jerry Show
Tom and Jerry Show
for WB, airing on the Cartoon Network. Staying true to the style of the original cartoons from the 40's and 50's, the series has John writing in a mix of orchestral and old school big band styles. Awards[edit] Van Tongeren has won numerous awards, the most prestigious of which have been a BMI Award and two Gemini Awards. In 2005 Van Tongeren won a BMI Cable Award for the television series The 4400; which he shared with Tim P., Stephen Phillips, George S. Clinton and Claude Foisy. In 2000 and 2001 Van Tongeren won the Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series, for The Outer Limits; these were for the episodes "Tribunal" and "Simon Says" respectively. Filmography[edit]

The Tom and Jerry Show
Tom and Jerry Show
(26 episodes, 2014) Swindle The Suite Life Movie Rockin' The Wall Den Brother The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Princess Protection Program Twitches Too WarGames: The Dead Code Christmas Is Here Again The 4400
The 4400
(21 episodes, 2004–2007) The Initiation of Sarah Thief (6 episodes) Masters of Science Fiction
Masters of Science Fiction
(1 episode) Wanted (5 episodes) Twitches Empire Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Son of the Mask
Son of the Mask
(additional music) Jesus the Driver Van Helsing: The London Assignment The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
(additional music) Lilo & Stitch: The Series (1 episode) Don: Plain & Tall The Cheetah Girls Malibu's Most Wanted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(various episodes) XXX (additional music) The Scorpion King
The Scorpion King
(additional music) Disney's The Legend of Tarzan The Outer Limits (54 episodes, '95–'00) Red Letters Poltergeist: The Legacy (36 episodes, '96–'99) The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
(3 episodes, '98–'99) Creature Armageddon (additional music) Speed 2: Cruise Control (additional music) Dante's Peak
Dante's Peak
(additional music) Metro (additional music) Twister (additional music) Assassins (additional music) Speed (additional music) Drop Zone (additional music) Monkey Trouble
Monkey Trouble
(additional music) Renaissance Man (additional music) True Romance
True Romance
(additional music) Thelma & Louise (additional music) The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers


Starship: Love Among the Cannibals Steve Porcaro: Someday/Somehow


John Van Tongeren at Movie Music UK About John Van Tongeren

External links[edit]

John Van Tongeren official website John Van Tongeren on IMDb John Van Tongeren at AllMusic

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