About Jeff Mercel
Jeff is a composer of music for film, television and new media. Also an accomplished songwriter, producer, re-mixer and multi-instrumentalist, he currently resides in the Hudson Valley. Jeff's work as a film composer began as a former principal member of the seminal American art-rock outfit Mercury Rev, when he wrote and produced the original music for Robinson Savary's 2005 feature length film, Bye Bye Blackbird. The film features James Thierree (grandson of Charlie Chaplin), Michael Lonsdale, Isabella Miko and Derek Jacobi and was a FIPRESCI Prize Winner at the Taormina International Film Festival.
In over 12 years with Mercury Rev, Jeff also played an integral role in the writing, production, and performance of several critically acclaimed albums. Both Deserter's Songs (1998) and All Is Dream (2001) are certified gold records in the UK. Outside of the studio, Jeff toured extensively with the band, playing nearly 500 shows on 5 continents. In addition to numerous headline tours, he has shared the stage with such acts as: REM, Coldplay, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, John Cale, The Jesus and Mary Chain and many others.
In 2010, Jeff began working independently with a primary focus on music for film and television. To date, his work includes the original score for 2 feature length films and numerous shorts. Jeff has also contributed original music for film, television and commercial advertising. Recent work can be seen and heard in commercial campaigns from the likes of Pepsi, BMW, Google, Clinique, Novartis and Got Milk?, to name just a few.
In addition to his work for film & television based projects, Jeff was recently commissioned to write a new track for Esopus Magazine's 20th Issue. You can listen to "The Drift" via this soundcloud link. Jeff also recently completed a collaboration with fellow musician Jason Sebastian Russo and engineer Damon Whittemore, co-producing and performing on "Frame The River" from Brooklyn-based Common Prayer.
When not working in the studio, Jeff can be found fly-fishing the legendary streams of the Catskill Mountains.