Varèse Sarabande will release THE DOVEKEEPERS – Original Television Soundtrack digitally on April 7, 2015 and coming soon on CD. The limited event miniseries features original music by Jeff Beal (HOUSE OF CARDS, MONK). The 2CD set features almost two and half hours of music from the CBS miniseries about the siege of Masada. A special suite of the music is being created by Beal and will be premiered at the Krakow Film Music Festival (May 27-31) in Poland.
“Alice Hoffman’s novel tells the Masada story through the prism of the personal; four strong and passionate women who give voice to a side of this history we haven’t seen before,” Beal described. Beal was asked by Yves Simoneau to compose the music for THE DOVEKEEPERS only a few months after he and his wife returned from a trip to Israel where they had visited Masada. “It’s hard to imagine a place that contains such natural splendor contrasted with the tragic fate of the Jews of 70 A.D. who sought refuge from the Romans there.”
As a film composer, Beal has collaborated with Ed Harris’ on his critically acclaimed directorial debut, Pollock, as well as Appaloosa. Other TV and film scores include director Bob Rafelson’s No Good Deed, William H. Macy’s acclaimed Door to Door, The Passion of Ayn Rand, From the Earth to the Moon (episode 9), the theme and underscore for USA’s hit series, Monk, and ABC’s Ugly Betty. Beal’s documentary scoring credits include the critically acclaimed films Blackfish and Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion, which chronicles the history and religious life of Tibet. He has collaborated on several projects with Academy® Award winning director Jessica Yu including her feature length documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal, as well as Last Call at the Oasis and The Guide. Other documentary films Beal has scored include The Queen of Versailles, The Battle of AmfAR, and When I Walk. Beal has received several Emmy Awards for music including NBC Sports division’s documentary, Peggy and Dorothy, as well as Monk. Beal recently scored the third and final season of HBO’s Emmy winning series The Newsroom as well as the third season of Netflix’s Emmy winning original series House of Cards. Playing both the trumpet and the piano on the show’s main title theme, Beal sets the tone for the central themes of power, greed and manipulation.