Composer Kurt Farquhar on scoring films and TV

Composer Kurt Farquhar interview at the 15th Annual Behind-the-Music Panel at Comic-Con 2023

Kurt Farquhar is a Los Angeles-based television and film composer. and a seven-time BMI award winner, including four for The King of Queens. He is best known for composing the scores for The King of Queens, Girlfriends, Sister, Sister, Moesha, Being Mary Jane, The Game, Black Lightning, The Neighborhood, and Real Husbands of Hollywood. Farquhar’s career is notable for having scored more prime-time television series than any other African-American composer to date. Farquhar musical education took him from the streets of Chicago to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, The National Conservatory of Music in Versailles, France, and Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with noted percussion teacher Johnny Lane.

By the age of 12, Farquhar had already written his first symphonic work. During his early 20s, Farquhar performed with various jazz artists most notably Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Freddie Hubbard. In his late twenties, Farquhar was the lead singer of the band Big Slamm. They released their first single, “Livin’ Large,” on Modern Records. This song went on to become the end title for the pilot episode of Livin’ Large, produced by Stephen J. Cannell. Farquhar went on to create theme songs and scores for a multitude of television shows and feature films. Farquhar is also the founder and CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing catalog operating out of Pasadena, California, which has licensed music throughout broadcast and cable television as well as feature films.

Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of film reviews and celebrity interviews for a wide variety of online and print outlets. He has covered red carpet premieres and Comic-Con events for major films and independent releases.