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David Kitay

David Kitay

David Kitay grew up surrounded by music. The son of a professional opera singer, he was encouraged to study music, and by age seven had selected guitar as his favorite instrument. By age nineteen, he was a respected session guitarist, recording with bands Darwin (Polygram) and Lott (Casablanca). Soon Kitay caught the eye of Motown records and songwriter/producer Barry Mann. He was playing on records for Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, James Ingram, and The Pointer Sisters. By age 26, he recorded and arranged with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, James Ingram, Linda Ronstadt, and Ricky Lee Jones.

Kitay's entree into film scoring began at age 27 with Look Who's Talking, the first of what would become many successful collaborations with director Amy Heckerling. While his subsequent credits, Clueless, Scary Movie, and the now infamous Dude Where's My Car? firmly established him in the teen genre, Kitay had other plans for his future, scoring both Ghost World and Bad Santa for director Terry Zwigoff, as well as a slew of other independent films for other innovative directors. He is also working on his own concert music to be performed in 2005.

Among other honors, Kitay has received four prestigious BMI awards, several for his scores for the hit TV series Mad About You. In addition to scoring, he has recently produced records for such artists as The Boxing Ghandis, Sussanah Hoffs (The Bangles) and David Baerwald. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Upcoming films projects include Elvis Has Left The Building (Joel Zwick), Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff), Brand New Wonderful (Danny Liener), Ice Harvest (Harold Ramis) and Afterlife (Amy Heckerling).


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

David Kitay Facts

OccupationComposer

Selected Filmography

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