Jim Bonney (b. 21 January 1971, Boston, Mass.) is an American composer and performer.
Jim graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1994 with a double degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Audio Recording Technology. He completed the Advanced Studies program in "Scoring for Motion Picture and Television" at the University of Southern California in May of 1999, and participated in the 1999 ASCAP Film Composer's Workshop.
He is a Senior Composer/Sound Designer for Midway Games, and recently finished MORTAL KOMBAT: ARMAGEDDON as audio lead. He is currently creating music and sound effects for John Woo's STRANGLEHOLD. While living in Los Angeles, Jim was a ghostwriter for the television programs "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Weekenders". He has also scored numerous short films, documentaries, commercials, games, and videos.
Jim is also a founding member of the composer-consortium BCM International: four stylistically-diverse composers, dedicated to enriching the repertoire with exciting works for mediums often mired in static formulas. BCM's music has generated a following of champions around the world, several thousand fans in an active online community, and two recordings: "BCM Saves the World" (2002, Mark Custom Records) and "BCM Men of Industry" (2004, BCM Records).
As a guitarist, Jim has recorded with the Empire Brass (on Telarc Records), and as a studio musician for numerous film scores, including "The Meaning of the Blues", "Alligator Alley", and the TV series "Chicago Hope". He is also regularly featured as a soloist for his electric guitar concerto, Chaos Theory.
Works for Winds
- Angels with Dirty Faces
- Chaos Theory (2002)
- Courage and Compassion
- DARKlightNESS (2015)
- Reflections in a Tidal Pool (2002)
- Sticks & Stones (Bonney)
- Threnody (2006)
- Tranzendental Danse of Joi
- James Bonney website
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "James Bonney." Accessed 12 May 2015.
- Townsend, Jacqueline. "Threnody." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 464-470. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.