Angelo Badalamenti For Balenciaga Music

February 20th, 2024 marks the official launch of a multi-faceted collaboration between Balenciaga and the late award-winning American composer and arranger Angelo Badalamenti (March 22nd, 1937–December 11th, 2022). The project began in May 2020, before Badalamenti’s passing, and is being released as a tribute in his honor in partnership with his alma-mater, Manhattan School of Music, and his daughter, Danielle Badalamenti.

As part of the Balenciaga Music Series, an original playlist that was hand-selected by Badalamenti featuring a compilation of his own works will be available to stream or download at

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This playlist, series, and campaign will also announce a partnership with Manhattan School of Music, the conservatory where Badalamenti received his bachelor’s and master’s degree, and composition department head Dr. Reiko Fueting. As an homage to Badalamenti that in turn teaches students about his impressive oeuvre, this partnership involves the creation of a dedicated master class that invites participants to compose inspired original works to continue the late composer’s legacy. The masterclass, sponsored by Balenciaga, will be offered gratis for students currently attending Manhattan School of Music.

Angelo Badalamenti was an acclaimed composer and arranger, widely known for his film scores and pop collaborations. He received his degrees from Manhattan School of Music in the 1950s. He worked closely with director David Lynch starting in 1986, when he soundtracked the film Blue Velvet. Among his many awards are a Best Pop Instrumental Performance Grammy for the Twin Peaks theme, and several lifetime achievement honors.

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Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music (MSM), which offers classical, jazz, and musical training, is recognized for its more than 1,000 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Opera Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.