Steve Bartek

Steve Bartek
Born (1952-01-30) January 30, 1952
Origin Garfield Heights, Ohio, United States
Genres Rock, Classical, film scores
Occupation(s) Orchestrator, composer, conductor, guitarist
Instruments guitar, flute
Years active 1967-present
Associated acts Strawberry Alarm Clock
Oingo Boingo
Danny Elfman

Steve Bartek (born 30 January 1952, in Garfield Heights, Ohio) is an American guitarist, film composer, conductor and orchestrator.


Early career

Bartek's career started while in high school, writing songs and playing flute with the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.

After college he worked at the Baked Potato with Leon Gaer under the leadership of Don Randi until joining the theatrical ensemble The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo in 1975.

Between 1979 and 1995, Bartek played lead guitar in new wave band Oingo Boingo, led by Danny Elfman.

He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Composition.

Film and television

Bartek has composed music for television series including The Tick, Tales from the Crypt, Nightmare Ned and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, and movies including An Extremely Goofy Movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Snow Day, Novocaine and The Art of Travel. In 1992 he was nominated for a Saturn Award for his soundtrack to Guilty as Charged. In 2005, together with Danny Elfman and Stewart Copeland, he was awarded an BMI Film & TV Award for his work on Desperate Housewives.

As an orchestrator, Bartek has worked on over 50 productions with Danny Elfman as of 2007, including most Tim Burton productions, Mission Impossible, Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man and Milk, and has done orchestration work with composers Jon Brion and Stephen Trask.

More recently, he provided the soundtrack for Donovan Cook's indie film Rideshare: The Movie, alongside former Oingo Boingo member Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez.

In 2015 Steve performed the theme to Harvey Beaks.[1]

Other work

Steve Bartek did horn arrangements for Avenged Sevenfold's song "A Little Piece of Heaven" as well as for John Hiatt's "Little Head". He produced Raya Yarbrough's eponymous album and arranged strings for the song "Early Autumn". He also did a string arrangement for Ricky Martin's "Vuelve".

Bartek played the acoustic guitar on the Bangles cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter" on the Rick Ruben arranged soundtrack for the 1987 film "Less Than Zero".

Bartek plays guitar for the TV series Battlestar Galactica, Trauma and Walking Dead.

Bartek also contributed music to both the ride queue and exit of Disneyland's short-lived Rocket Rods attraction in 1998, including a synthesizer arrangement of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and an arrangement of "World of Creativity".


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