BIOGRAPHY

Stewart Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia, but soon relocated with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, where his father served as the Middle Eastern city’s CIA Station Chief. It was here that Stewart discovered his talent on — and love for — the drums. His older brother Ian played drums in a local band and, following in his brother’s footsteps, Stewart picked up a pair of sticks and began to play. His knack for the instrument distinguished him from his sibling almost immediately. While Ian quickly gave up the drums, Stewart found his aim and purpose in them.

Encouraged and assisted by his father, who in addition to his intelligence career was once a trumpeter in The Glenn Miller Band, Stewart’s first teacher was an old jazz drummer. Copeland was a quick study with a good ear and scored his first real gig playing drums while still barely in his teens.

A sudden family move to England opened new opportunities for Stewart to pursue rock and roll, first as a journalist for a drummer magazine, then as a roadie, for, among others, British prog-rock group Curved Air. In 1974/1975, when the band found itself in need of a new drummer, Curved Air hired Stewart, who made his recording debut on the successful Midnight Wire and Airborne. In addition, Curved Air introduced him to vocalist Sonja Kristina, who would later become his wife and the mother of three of his sons.

Restless, Stewart decided to form a trio fashioned on the vibe and energy of punk music. He would call this project “The Police,” a provocative name in its time that capitalized on the everyday brawls that broke out between punks and law enforcement: a regular police presence in the streets of London meant free marketing for his band.

The second member of the trio would be guitar player Henry Padovani. A Curved Air performance in Newcastle gave Stewart the chance to find the third piece to the trio puzzle. While in town, he caught the set of a local band called Last Exit, a popular jazz fusion band recommended to him by journalist Phil Sutcliffe. Only one thing caught Stewart’s attention at the concert: the stage presence of the band’s charismatic bass player, a musician/vocalist known as Sting.

Phil introduced the two musicians after the show. When Sting later moved to London with his wife and son, he called Stewart, who was only too happy to welcome him into The Police. It would be a move that would change music history. Though the band saw its shares of ups and downs, they went on to become one of the most successful trios of the 1980s. Stewart has chronicled this time in a couple of projects: his 2009 autobiography “Strange Things Happen: A Life With The Police, Polo and Pygmies” and his 2008 documentary Everyone Stares, The Police Inside Out.

After his last concert with the Police in Australia in March 1984, Stewart began his move beyond the rock arena. He created the memorable score to Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumblefish, a strikingly original mixture of traditional percussion, electronically sampled car horns and ticking clocks that would earn him a 1984 Golden Globe nomination. Stewart followed this up with his 1985 docu-drama The Rhythmatist, a journey to Africa to explore the roots of rhythm. Soon afterwards, Oliver Stone called on him to write the scores for Wall Street and Talk Radio.

In 1988, Stewart began playing with Stanley Clarke, one of the most famous bass players of all time. Collaborating with singer-songwriter Deborah Holland, the two released their first album in 1989 under the name Animal Logic. The tour that followed put Stewart back on stage, playing drums in front of large, enthusiastic crowds. Although the success of these initial efforts prompted Animal Logic to record Animal Logic II, no supporting concert tour followed and, as a result, there would be no other releases in the future.

The decade following the 80s was the most prolific period in Stewart Copeland’s career. With scores and soundtracks as his main occupation, the famous drummer now became better known as a famous composer. Among others, he scored the films Lovewrecked, I Am David, She’s All That, Simpatico and the Academy Award-nominated Four Days in September. On the small screen, Stewart created music for Desperate Housewives and, for two years, Dead Like Me.

But Stewart’s compositions were not limited to film scores alone: in addition to composing a number of ballets, Stewart was commissioned by the Cleveland Opera to compose an opera, which he called Holy Blood and Crescent Moon. He composed two Edgar Allan Poe-inspired short operas: A Casque of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. His Orchestralli ensemble, comprised of Copeland, a four-piece percussion quartet and a chamber orchestra performed Stewart’s blend of energetic original compositions. A piece from that album — “Birds of Prey” — was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

In 2006, Stewart left for the UK and took up his duties as a judge on the BBC One reality composition Just the Two of Us. Gently deriding and — more often than not — applauding the talents in the Pro-Am match-up of duetting couples, Stewart enjoyed a hilarious three weeks in London as a new primetime television star. As a result of this successful appearance, he was asked to return as a judge in January 2007.

Stewart is a recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival’s first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide, and has won him five Grammy Awards. Meanwhile, his travels in search of exotic rhythms and musical celebration have taken him around the world from mysterious Easter Island to Mozambique, and from the outback of Australia to the remotest regions of the Congolese jungles. He is the father of seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Fiona Dent.

FILM

EVERYONE STARES: THE POLICE INSIDE AND OUT (Documentary) (2006)
Icon Television Music
Director: Stewart Copeland
Producer: Stewart Copeland

PUCKED (2006)
National Lampoon Productions
Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Estella Warren
Director: Arthur Hiller
Executive Producers: L. Charles Grimes, B. Gregory Harrison

FISH EYE (Short) (2005)
Tentacle Films
Stars: Chadd Stoops, Randy Brown, Trip Hope
Director: Jordan Copeland
Producer: Judith Black

LOVE WRECKED (2005)
Media 8 Entertainment
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack
Director: Randal Kleiser
Executive Producers: James Lance Bass, Derek F.C. Elliot, Kelli Konop,
Matthew F. Leonetti, Jr., Simon Lo

AMAZON FOREVER (2004)
Gentleman Films, Skylight Produções
Stars: Chief Ayupu, José Steimberg, Aurélien Wiik
Director: Jean-Pierre Dutilleux
Producer: François Engiger

I AM DAVID (2004)
Walden Media
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Ben Tibber
Director: Paul Feig
Producers: Davina Belling, Lauren Levine, Clive Parsons

ME AND DAPHNE (Short) (2002)
Stars: Sascha Knopf, Erica Mer, Jeremy Piven
Director: Rebecca Gayheart
Executive Producer: Brett Ratner

DEUCES WILD (2002)
MGM
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro
Director: Scott Kalvert
Executive Producers: Eberhard Kayser, Mario Ohoven, Marc Sferrazza

ON THE LINE (2001)
Miramax, Zomba
Stars: Lance Bass, Joey Fatone
Director: Eric Bross
Executive Producers: Lance Bass, Robbie Brenner, Jeremy Kramer, Bob Osher,
Andrew Panay, Johnny Wright

SUNSET STRIP (2000)
Twentieth Century Fox
Stars: Simon Baker, Anna Friel, Nick Stahl
Director: Adam Collis
Executive Producer: James Dodson

MORE DOGS THAN BONES (2000)
Dream Entertainment
Stars: Joe Mantegna, Peter Coyote
Director: Michael Browning
Producers: Ehud Bleiberg, Yitzhak Ginsberg, Miriam Leffert, Brittany Taylor

BOYS AND GIRLS (2000)
Miramax, Dimension
Stars: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire Forlani, Jason Biggs
Director: Robert Iscove
Executive Producers: Jeremy Kramer, Jill Sobel Messick, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

SKIPPED PARTS (2000)
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: Tamra Davis
Executive Producers: Mark Amin, Tamra Davis, Mike Elliott

SIMPATICO (1999)
Fine Line
Stars: Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone
Director: Matthew Warchus
Executive Producers: Sue Baden-Powell, Joel Lubin, Greg Shapiro

SHE’S ALL THAT (1999)
Miramax
Stars: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook
Director: Rob Iscove
Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

MADE MEN (1999)
Silver Pictures
Stars: James Belushi, Michael Beach, Timothy Dalton
Director: Louis Morneau
Executive Producers: Dan Cracchiolo, Steve Richards
Award: Hollywood Discovery Award Winner (Music in Film Visionary) (1998)

PECKER (Music By) (1998)
New Line Cinema
Stars: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci
Director: John Waters
Executive Producers: Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr, Mark Ordeseky, Joe Revitte,
Jonathan Weisgal

VERY BAD THINGS (1998)
Polygram
Stars: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz
Director: Peter Berg
Executive Producers: Ted Field, Michael Helfant, Scott Kroopf, Christian Slater

WEST BEYROUTH (À L’ABRI LES ENFANTS) (1998)
38 Productions, ACCI, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Stars: Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Producers: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat

GOOD BURGER (1997)
Paramount/Nickelodeon
Stars: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson
Director: Brian Robbins
Executive Producer: Julia Pistor

LITTLE BOY BLUE (1997)
Warner Brothers
Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Natassia Kinski, John Savage
Director: Antonio Tebaldi
Executive Producer: Virginia Giritlian

FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER (1997)
Miramax
Star: Alan Arkin
Director: Bruno Baretto
Producers: Lucy Barreto, Luiz Carlos Barreto

GRIDLOCK’D (1997)
Columbia TriStar, Polygram
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth
Director: Vondie Curtis Hall
Executive Producers: Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Russell Simmons

THE LEOPARD SON (Documentary) (1996)
Discovery Films
Director: Hugo Van Lawick
Executive Producer: Tim Cowling

BOYS (1996)
Interscope
Star: Winona Ryder
Director: Stacy Cochran
Executive Producers: Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf

THE PALLBEARER (1996)
Miramax
Stars: David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: Matt Reeves
Executive Producers: Meryl Poster, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

JUDGEMENT (Short) (1995)
Stars: Clarence Williams III, Matthew McConaughey, Illeana Douglas
Director: David Winkler
Producer: Holly Keenan

SILENT FALL (1994)
Warner Brothers
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow
Director: Bruce Beresford
Executive Producer: Gary Barber

SURVIVING THE GAME (1994)
New Line Cinema
Stars: Ice-T, Rutger Hauer
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Executive Producer: Kevin J. Messick

RAPA NUI (1994)
Warner Brothers
Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Esai Morales, Sandrine Holt
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Executive Producers: Guy East, Barrie M. Osborne

DECADENCE (1994)
Delux Productions, Black Forest Films
Stars: Steven Berkoff, Joan Collins, Christopher Biggins
Directors: Steven Berkoff, David Tickner
Executive Producers: Fred Bestall, Frank Henschke, Tom Reeve, Romain Schroeder

FRESH (1994)
Miramax
Stars: Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Boaz Yakin
Executive Producer: Lila Cazes

BANK ROBBER (1993)
IRS Media, Initial Groupe
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Lisa Bonet, Judge Reinhold
Director: Nick Mead
Executive Producers: Jean Cazes, Paul Colichman, Miles A. Copeland III

AIRBORNE (1993)
Warner Brothers
Star: Shane McDermott
Director: Rob Bowman
Producers: Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety

RAINING STONES (1993)
New Line Cinema
Stars: Bruce Jones, Julia Brown
Director: Ken Loach
Producer: Sally Hibbin

THE WIDE SARGASSO SEA (1993)
New Line Cinema
Star: Karina Lombard
Director: John Duigan
Executive Producer: Sara Risher

RIFF-RAFF (1991)
Parallax Pictures
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt
Director: Ken Loach
Producer: Sally Hibbin

HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING (1991)
Miramax, Columbia TriStar
Stars: Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Executive Producers: Guy Collins, Mario Sotela

MEN AT WORK (1990)
Touchstone
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez
Director: Emilio Estevez
Executive Producers: Moshe Diamant, Irwin Yablans

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (1990)
Touchstone
Stars: James Belushi, Charles Grodin
Director: Arthur Hiller
Producer: Paul Mazursky

HIDDEN AGENDA (1990)
MGM
Stars: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling
Director: Ken Loach
Executive Producers: John Daly, Derek Gibson

THE FIRST POWER (1990)
MGM
Star: Lou Diamond Phillips
Director: Robert Resnikoff
Executive Producers: Robert W. Cort, Ted Field

SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL (1989)
TriStar
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
Director: Arthur Hiller
Executive Producers: Earl Barret, Burtt Harris, Arne Sultan

NOAH’S ARK (Video Short) (1989)
Lightyear Entertainment, Shanghai Animation Film Studio, WGBH
Star: James Earl Jones
Directors: Steve Majaury, Rick Morrison
Executive Producers: Arne Holland, Tom Kuhn

TALK RADIO (1988)
Universal Pictures
Star: Eric Bogosian
Director: Oliver Stone
Executive Producers: Greg Strangis, Sam Strangis

SHE’S HAVING A BABY (1988)
Paramount
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern
Director: John Hughes
Executive Producer: Ronald Colby

THE JOGGER (1988)
Stars: Terry O’Quinn, Tom Morga, Elizabeth Ruscio
Director: Robert Resnikoff
Producers: Jana Sue Memel, Jonathan Sanger

WALL STREET (1987)
Twentieth Century Fox
Stars: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah
Director: Oliver Stone
Producer: Edward R. Pressman

OUT OF BOUNDS (1986)
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi V Productions, Fogbound Productions
Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober
Director: Richard Tuggle
Executive Producers: Raymond Hartwick, John Tarnoff

THE RHYTHMATIST (Documentary) (1985)
CCCP, Charter Films
Stars: Lorne Blair, Tisch Raye, Stewart Copeland
Directors: J.P. Dutilleux, Jean-Pierre Dutilleux
Executive Producer: Miles A. Copeland III

RUMBLE FISH (1983)
MCA, Universal
Star: Matt Dillon
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer: Francis Ford Coppola
Award: Golden Globe Nominee – Best Original Score (Motion Picture)

TELEVISION

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUNIPER LEE (Two Episodes) (2005)
The Cartoon Network
Stars: Lara Jill Miller, Alexander Polinsky, Candi Milo
Executive Producer: Judd Winick

RIDING THE BUS WITH MY SISTER (2005)
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Stars: Rosie O’Donnell, Andie MacDowell
Director: Anjelica Houston
Executive Producers: Rosie O’Donnell, Larry Sanitsky

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (One Episode) (2004)
ABC Television
Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan
Director: Jeff Melman
Executive Producers: Marc Cherry, Michael Edelstein, Kevin Murphy, George W. Perkins
Award: BMI Film & TV Award Winner – BMI TV Music Award

EVIL KNIEVEL (2004)
ApolloMedia, ApolloProScreen Filmproduktion, Icon Productions
Stars: George Eads, Jaime Pressly, Lance Henriksen
Director: John Badham
Executive Producers: Howard Braunstein, Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Michael Jaffe,
Jan Korbelin

DEAD LIKE ME (29 Episodes) (2004)
MGM Television/Showtime
Stars: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy
Director: Multiple
Producer: Bryan Fuller
Award: Emmy Award Nominee – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)

BREAKING NEWS (2002)
New Line Television, TNT
Star: Tim Matheson
Producers: Gardner Stern, Pen Densham, Ken Olin, Mark Stern

BRUTALLY NORMAL (2000)
Touchstone, The WB Network
Stars: Eddie Kae Thomas, Lea Moreno, Tangie Ambrose
Executive Producers: Michael M. Robin, Greer Shephard, Michael Goldberg,
Tommy Swerdlow

THE AMANDA SHOW (Main Title) (1999)
Nickelodeon
Star: Amanda Bynes
Producer: Dan Schneider
Award: BMI Film & TV Award Winner – BMI Cable Award

LEGALESE (1998)
New Line Television, TNT
Star: James Garner
Director: Glenn Jordan
Executive Producer: J. Paul Higgins

FUTURESPORT (1998)
ABC, Amen Ra, Dove
Stars: Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams
Director: Ernest Dickerson
Producers: Deborah Raffin, Michael Viner, Ron Ziskin

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1998)
ABC Trilogy, MGM
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Vincent D’Onofrio, Donnie Wahlberg
Director: Felix Alcala
Executive Producers: Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson

THE INSIDERS (Six Episodes) (1997)
Stars: Julia Ford, Robert Cavanah, Adrian Rawlins
Director: Danny Hiller
Producer: Nicolas Brown

THE ASSASSINATION FILE (1996)
Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Tom Verica, Dan Butler
Director: John Harrison
Producer: Michael R. Joyce

WHITE DWARF (1995)
Cabin Fever Entertainment
Stars: Paul Winfield, Neal McDonough
Director: Peter Markel
Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Halmi, Sr., Bruce Wagner

TYSON (1995)
HBO
Stars: Michael Jai White, Paul Winfield
Director: Uli Edel
Executive Producers: Ross Greenburg, Edgar J. Scherick

BABYLON 5 (Pilot) (1993)
TNT, Warner Brothers
Stars: Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
Director: Doug Netter, Richard Compton
Executive Producers: Douglas Netter, J. Michael Straczynski

HORSE OPERA (1993)
Initial Film and Television
Stars: Michael Attwell, Gina Bellman, Philip Guy Bromley
Director: Bob Baldwin
Executive Producer: Malcolm Gerrie

SCREEN ONE (One Episode) (1992)
BBC Films
Stars: Steven Waddington, Tom Bell, Colum Convey
Director: Bruce MacDonald
Executive Producer: Richard Broke

AFTERBURN (1992)
HBO
Star: Laura Dern
Director: Robert Markowitz
Executive Producer: Steve Tisch
Award: CableACE Award Winner – Original Score

FUGITIVE AMONG US (1992)
ABC
Stars: Peter Strauss, Eric Roberts
Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Executive Producer: Andrew Adelson

SHALOM SALAAM (Mini-Series) (1989)
BBC
Stars: Buki Armstrong, John Cater, Charlotte Cornwell
Director: Gareth Jones
Executive Producer: Chris Parr

AFTER MIDNIGHT (1989)
MGM, ABC
Stars: Marg Helgenberger, Marc McClure, Ed Monoghan
Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Executive Producers: Allan Dennis, Barry J. Hirsch

TV 101 (Pilot) (1988)
GTG Entertainment
Stars: Sam Robards, Brynn Thayer, Leon Russom
Director: Sam Weisman
Executive Producers: Karl Schaefer, Scott Brazil

THE EQUALIZER (1986)
USA, CBS
Stars: Edward Woodward, Robert Lansing
Director: Multiple
Producers: Stuart Cohen, James Duff McAdams, Michael Sloan

DROIDS (1985)
ABC, Lucasfilm
Stars: Anthony Daniels, Lesleh Donaldson, Don Francks
Producer: George Lucas

NEW MEDIA

SPYRO THE DRAGON I, II, III, IV (Video Game) (1998-2003)
Universal Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Stars: Eddie Kae Thomas, Lea Moreno, Tangie Ambrose
Producers: Michael M. Robin, Greer Shephard

DISCOGRAPHY

FROLKHAVEN
AT THE APEX OF HIGH (Private Press LP) (1973)

CURVED AIR
MIDNIGHT WIRE (1975)
AIRBORNE (1976)

KLARK KENT
KLARK KENT (10″ Green Vinyl) (1980)
KOLLEKTED WORKS (1995)

THE POLICE
OUTLANDS D’AMOUR (1978)
REGGATTA DE BLANC (1979)
ZENYATTA MONDATTA (1980)
POLICE IN THE EAST/ POLICE AROUND THE WORLD (DVD) (1980)
GHOST IN THE MACHINE (1981)
SYNCHRONICITY (1983)
THE SYNCHRONICITY CONCERT (DVD) (1983)
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – THE SINGLES (1986)
GREATEST HITS (1996)
THE VERY BEST OF STING & THE POLICE (1997)
THE BEST OF THE POLICE (TWO-DISC SET) (2007)
CERTIFIABLE – LIVE IN BUENOS AIRES 2007 (2 DVD/2 CD SET) (2008)

STEWART COPELAND
RUMBLE FISH (1986)
THE RHYTHMATIST (1985)
THE EQUALIZER AND OTHER CLIFF HANGERS (1988)
FROM RUMBLE FISH TO GRIDLOCK’D (Promo) (1997)
ORCHESTRALLI (with Orchestra Ueca, Milano) (DVD/CD) (2003)
LA NOTTE DELLA TARANTA DVD/CD (2004)
STEWART COPELAND: ANTHOLOGY (2007)

MOON ON THE WATER
MR. DOUBLES (1989)

ANIMAL LOGIC
ANIMAL LOGIC (1989)
ANIMAL LOGIC II (1991)

OYSTERHEAD
THE GRAND PECKING ORDER (2001)

OTHER COMPOSITIONS

THE TELL-TALE HEART (2011)
The Royal Opera House of London

A CASQUE OF AMONTILLADO (2011)
The Royal Opera House of London

GAMELAN D’DRUM (2011)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

MIKROCOSMOS FOR PERCUSSION (2010)
Tromp Percussion Festival – Eindhoven, Holland

BEN HUR LIVE (2009)
Tour

LA NOTTE DELLA TARANTA (2003)
Melpignano, Puglia

ORCHESTRALLI (2002)
Orchestra Ueca, Milano

CAYA, EVE AND GRACE (1999)
Catania Music Festival

CASQUE OF AMONILLADO (1994)
Libretto: David Bamberger

NOAH’S ARK, SOLCHEEKA (1993)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

HORSE OPERA (1992)
Channel 4, U.K.

HOLY BLOOD AND THE CRESCENT MOON (1989)
Cleveland Opera

EMILIO (1988)
Trento Ballet Co., Italy

KING LEAR (1986)
San Francisco Ballet, Michael Smuin