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Zoe Poledouris

Zoe Poledouris

As the eldest daughter of composer Basil Poledouris, ZOE R. POLEDOURIS grew up interpreting her father's music with movement on ice as a competitive figure skater. At the age of nine she performed a musical piece for her father, which became the melody for The Orgy in the feature film Conan the Barbarian. She received co-writing credit and became one of the youngest members of BMI.

After fifteen years of ice skating, Zoe traded her blades for paintbrushes and received her B.F.A. from Bennington College in 1995 with majors in Art and Costume Design. As a freshman, Zoe was the lead singer for an all-girl punk band called Table-Grade. They played the LA club scene during summer break and had their demos played on local radio station KROQ. Zoe continued to refine her musical talent over the next few years, both as writer and lead singer with her various bands including Evelyn Oz, Doppler and Bombshell.

Following graduation Zoe presented her demos to friend and aspiring film composer, Christopher Tyng, who helped further produce her songs. Director, Paul Verhoeven chose one of them, Into It,, to be performed in his film, Starship Troopers. Similarly, director, Randal Kleiser, used her song, Born with It in his film Shadow of Doubt. Zo‘ can be seen on-camera in both features performing her songs.

In late 1999, Zoe entered the realm of film music composing. While playing in her band, Bombshell, she co-wrote the rock driven score to John Waters' latest project, Cecil B. DeMented. The film combines Zo‘s hard, driving rock and strong melodic sensibility. Zoe recently completed a two-week program in the much sought after Film Composer's Lab at the Sundance Institute in Utah, where she was exposed to the artistry and insights of established composers, music editors, directors and producers.

Currently, Zoe is recording in Los Angeles and is eager to meet and work with filmmakers who, like herself, want to experiment by pushing the limits of their mediums. Her style is emotional and tactile and she utilizes the full spectrum of musical technology, from recording live instruments to editing on Protools and mixing in 5.1 Surround.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Zoe Poledouris Facts

OccupationMusician, Actress

Selected Filmography

Not available.