Green Book with Kris Bowers
When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Kris Bowers is a Daytime Emmy®-winning pianist, composer, performer and recording artist, making his feature-film debut as a composer with Green Book. In addition to scoring the film, he also supervised the arrangement and recording of all the Dr. Don Shirley music used in the film.
Most recently, Bowers worked as a composer on the ABC series For The People and the Netflix series Dear White People, as well as the films Little Boxes, and Monsters and Men. In 2015 he was invited to the Sundance Composers Lab, and in 2016 he performed at The White House for the International Jazz Day concert hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
After graduating from Juilliard and taking top honors at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2011, Bowers began touring and recording with artists such as Marcus Miller, José James, Etienne Charles, Robin Eubanks, Takuya Kuroda, and Grammy® Award winners Jay-Z and Kanye West on their album Watch the Throne. When he released his debut album, Heroes + Misfits in 2014, it premiered at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. In 2013, Bowers finally began to realize his childhood dream of becoming a film composer when he was hired to do the original music for the documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Other documentaries followed, including Seeds of Time, Paradise Island, Copwatch, and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Bowers’ work on the 2015 Showtime documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse led to his work on a number of sports documentaries, including I Am Giant: Victor Cruz, Play It Forward, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, and episodes of ESPN’s Religion of Sports.