film & tv music

Random cues for TV/Radio:

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Television and film soundtracks:

Besides being known as the bandleader of Special EFX, Chieli Minucci was one of the primary composers, since 1999, for the longest running TV show in history, the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.  He has composed over 750 individual cues.  Chieli also composed background music, since 1997, for other ‘soaps’ – As The World Turns,  Another World, scoring over 400 individual cues. He composed “Fiesta Mexicana” for soundtrack to Brian dePalma’s Snake Eyes, staring Nicholas Cage (1998); composed “Super Smooth” for soundtrack to Bowfinger (Universal/1999), staring Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin; composed “Surf and Turf” for soundtrack to The Beach Boys (ABC-TV Special, 2000); Watch Out HBO (HBO, 2000); Diana Ross/Brandy : Double Platinum (1999 TV movie); Jimmy Webb: “Clean & Narrow” (Showtime, 1999); Tre-O: Music of the Heart “Seventeen” (1999); Bette Midler: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney, 1996); Ishtar (Dave Grusin-composer, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, 1987); Gotham Library/Firstcom: As chief composer, produced/composed/performed more than 100 individual CDs for Gotham Music between 1998-present. These music ‘beds’ can be heard in countless television and radio programs/jingles, as well as major motion pictures.

Check out the  Internet Movie Database for more movie compositions from Chieli Minucci.

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Minucci was nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy Awards and has won three, in 1998, 2007, and most recently in 2008, for his eclectic compositional work in the USA, on CBS’s “The Guiding Light”, which holds the record as the longest running TV show in American history!  He has written music for well-known programs such as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, The 700 Club, and others. He also  contributed music to the soundtracks of “No Country For Old Men” (2007),  “Bowfinger” (1999), “Legally Blonde” (2001),  and “Panic” (2000), as well as most recently to ‘Lifted’ (2007).


Music for television

all titles produced, performed, and recorded by Chieli Minucci (Mp3’s soon again available)

Guiding Light (CBS-TV)
(all published by Signature Sound/Proctor & Gamble)
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stage shows

Live-on-stage ‘Broadway for children’ style shows
Produced by Alan Wasser & Associates/NYC in affiliation with
AEG ThemeStar, Clear Channel, Hit Entertainment, & Live Nation:

Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego Go!. Thomas the Tank Engine, Storytime Adventures
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The following recordings were written for usage in television, stage, film, radio, advertising, and other media applications.  Many have been featured regularly, both nationally & internationally


Gotham Music (Firstcom/Universal Music Publishing)

*all Gotham Music titles produced by Chieli Minucci & Emanuel Kallins

Click here to see video clips from Chieli Minucci & Manny Kallins Live at the FIRSTCOM MUSIC NAB 2010


Gotham Cues

Some random TV/ Radio Cues:

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(from various CDs)
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Acoustic Goods

(from GM-081)
all acoustic guitar pieces
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Latin Dramatico

(from GM-073)
hard driving latin based tracks
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Cool Young Stuff

(mixed cutting edge rock/pop tracks)
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In Your Face 5

(from GM-078Q)
high intensity rock/funk/drums & bass tracks
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Hip Trip Mediterranean

(from EVO-15)
ethnic, with a beat (Italian, Spanish, Greek, French)
Chieli on mandolin & bouzouki
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Gotham News

(from GM-076Q)
‘newsy’ information-oriented music beds
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Everything Drama

(from GM-030)
orchestral, dramatic music cues
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Emotional World

‘ethnic’ styled compositions suggesting despair, and hope
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Cool World

(from GM-072Q)
varied moods of ‘world’ music
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Investigative Magazine Drama

(from GM-079)
‘newsy’ type compositions
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Rock City

(from GM-070)
pop rock cutting-edge
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Patriotism & Inspiration

(from GM-068)
inspirational, orchestral
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R & B/Hip Hop/Pop songs

Dance With Me (by O. Faison, M. Brutus, C. Minucci) sung by Olamide Faison
Like Friends (by O. Faison, M. Brutus, C. Minucci) sung by Olamide Faison
Love Conquers All (by P.Hamilton, C. Minucci) sung by Philip Hamilton
Superstar (by C. Minucci) sung by Chieli Minucci
Time (by W. Brock, C. Minucci) sung by Will Brock
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X-Treme Sports/Action Music

all rock-based, hard driving pieces
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Other projects – Theater Music Productions

Fall to the Sky (Minucci/Lanzaro)

Choreography: Lisa R. Chow
Music: Chieli Minucci & Kris Lanzaro, published by Chieli Music (ASCAP)
Bronze Relief Art: John Henry Waddell
Photo Images: Amy Waddell
Video Design: Billbob Brown
Lighting Designer: Michael Eddy
Costumes: Lisa R. Chow & George A. Johnson
Performers: Jeff Buckley, Hannah Carlsgaard, Lisa R. Chow, Dina Ternullo Melley, Ryann Alise Vaughn

Fall to the Sky is a collaboration that was inspired by an incredible collection of bronze reliefs by Arizona sculpture artist, John Henry Waddell and music by Chieli Minucci and Kris Lanzaro. Waddell’s work, called Rising was just recently completed after eleven years of hard work. Waddell hopes to find a home for this collection, possibly in New York as a dedication to the victims of 911. Chielis music, Jewel in the Desert Sky was originally released as Jewels back in 1995 and was recently reworked, remixed, rearranged and completely rewritten, in collaboration with Lanzaro who lives in Germany. This process of completing the new rendition all took place via cyberspace! Fall to the Sky embraces the human spirit in search of enlightenment and peace. This premiere collaboration is dedicated to the memories of loved ones lost to disease, war and all tragedies.



Desert Dance Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts on June 13, 2009 at its 30th Anniversary Celebration. Shadow was premiered at that performance with special guest guitarist, Chieli Minucci from Special EFX.

SHADOW (Premiere)
Choreography: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis
Music: Step Raptis
Shadow Lighting Concept: Step Raptis
Lighting Designer: Carolyn Koch
Art Design Inspiration: Gary Hostallero
Costume: Pam Gazelle Robertson
Performers: Lisa R. Chow (Dancer), Chieli Minucci (Guitar), Step Raptis (Berimbau)

Shadow was created through collaboration of inspiration. The shadow never forgets its inspiration for existence. Step Raptis


Silent Night

From GRP’s first Christmas/Holiday video release, called ” A GRP Christmas Colleciton” (1988).
George and Chieli improvised on the classic song, the arrangement coming together right in the studio. Later on a video was choreographed to the piece.

Little Wing (clip 2) // Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci - All Stars
  1. Little Wing (clip 2) // Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci - All Stars
  2. Jewels – part 1 (from Jewels) // Chieli Minucci
  3. Yesterdays Memories (from Slice of Life) // Chieli Minucci
  4. Till the End of Time (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  5. Krazy Kats (from Wonderfully Wacky – Gotham Music GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  6. Dance on the Delta (from Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  7. Endless Us // Chieli Minucci
  8. Jimmy Slim (from Acoustic Land – Gotham Music GM134) // Chieli Minucci
  9. Mystical (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  10. Sunset Passion Juice // Special EFX featuring Chieli MInucci - All Stars