Tandis Jenhudson is a British composer, musician and producer whose work encompasses film and television, theatre, and art installations, in addition to solo work and collaborations. He is the first composer ever to have been honoured as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit through which he received mentorship from Ennio Morricone and Don Black, OBE.
His most recent project in 2018 is the nine-part landmark BBC series Civilisations, presented by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga. A reboot of Civilisation (Kenneth Clark’s) original 1969 series, this epic new series spans 31 countries on six continents, and covers more than 500 works of art. It aired on BBC Two on in March 2018 and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for one year. Tandis scored the original music for the series as well as the title theme music. The Civilisations soundtrack will be released on digital format in September 2018, and the music from the series also forms the soundtrack of the Civilisations AR (augmented reality) app on iOS and Android.
2018 has also seen Tandis compose the soundtrack for Food Exposed, a new TV series for Fusion and produced by Lightbox, a production company founded by Simon Chinn(two-time Academy Award winner for Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man) and Jonathan Chinn.
His 2017 projects included Purple a six-channel video installation at the Barbican Curve gallery by the artist John Akomfrah. This marked his first music collaboration with the composer David Julyan (best known for his scores to Insomnia, The Prestige and Memento). He also scored in 2017 the BBC One feature documentary Stalkers produced by Wild Pictures.
In 2016 he scored The Traffickers, an 8-part series on Netflix produced by Lightbox in which Investigative journalist Nelufar Hedayat travels the globe exploring the illegal trafficking of goods from rhino horn and guns, through to fake pharmaceuticals and even children.
In 2015 he composed the soundtrack to the Emmy-nominated Hubble’s Cosmic Journey, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It is a special feature documentary produced for National Geographic Channel and directed by Christopher Riley (In the Shadow of the Moon) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope.
In 2013 he scored The March, a BAFTA-nominated documentary narrated by Denzel Washington for BBC/PBS. Directed by John Akomfrah and exec-produced by Robert Redford. It formed the centrepiece of a special week of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – largely remembered for Martin Luther King’s famous and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Tandis Jenhudson’s second soundtrack for John Akomfrah was for Vertigo Sea a three-screen art installation film that premiered at Venice Biennale in 2015 to critical acclaim. A meditation on whaling, the environment and our relationship with the sea, the work is a film essay continuing the ‘recycled aesthetic’ of John Akomfrah’s recent gallery pieces, fusing BBC NHU archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources. It continues its UK-wide tour in 2017, showing at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester in April, having exhibited at Bristol Arnolfini and Turner Contemporary Margate in 2016. John Akomfrah was the winner of the prestigious Artes Mundi prize in January 2017.
Tandis was born in Clapham, South London and attended St George’s Hanover Square Primary School, and London Nautical School and Christ’s College Finchley secondary schools, during which time he studied classical piano and taught himself to play a variety of other instruments including the guitar and synthesisers. He went on to study Medicine at UCL, graduating as a doctor in 2004, and continues to divide his time between both passions.