Ben Caucci has worked as a composer, percussionist and music producer for major Hollywood studio features, animation, independent films, documentaries and television. Among his credits are the Oscar-nominated score for How to Train Your Dragon, History Channel's Roots, Queen of Katwe, Captain Phillips, The Lorax, Happy Feet Two, Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Knight & Day, Fair Game, Green Zone, and Kung-Fu Panda 2.
Ben and John's music can most recently be heard in acclaimed filmmaker Ashley York's documentary Hillbilly. Ben wrote the Balkan brass-inspired score for the Kate Marks film 7 Day Gig (co-produced by Film Independent's Project Involve and PBS) as well as the South American folk-influenced music for Miracle Maker, both of which screened at film festivals worldwide. He provided the synth-based score for the award-winning sci-fi short Bunker 731, an official selection of the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, among others. He and John contributed music to the documentary Living on One Dollar, whose mission is to raise awareness of global poverty. Ben spoke on the panel of the LA Film Festival's "Emerging Filmmakers and Composers" and he and John were guests together on the San Diego Film Festival panel "The Art and Craft of Film Music" sponsored by ASCAP.
As a composer, John's emotional and lyrical style adds depth to story and characters, whether the project is a children's animated television series, an independent drama, or a big-budget action film. He and Beth recently scored the award-winning independent film Chez Upshaw (Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas). John is the composer for multiple shows on the Discovery Channel and the film Bad Country (Willem Dafoe, Amy Smart, Matt Dillon). He has also written additional music for numerous film and television projects including the Warner Brother's animated movie Storks, the Emmy-winning score for World Without End, FX's Tyrant, Syfy's Continuum, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
John is an accomplished jazz bassist and composer who loves movies. He grew up playing in bands and making short films with his friends. John earned a degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University. While in college, he never lost his interest in cinema; he took almost as many courses in cinema studies as music classes. After completing college, touring in bands, and teaching, John finally decided to combine his passion for music and film. He earned a Master's in Music Composition for Film from Columbia College in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles. He then co-founded Alula studios with Ben Caucci and started a successful film and television music career.