Jim Pfeifer is a solo composer/artist creating a variety of instrumental music for use in film/TV and advertising, combining elements of acoustic, indie, surf, retro, Americana, and orchestral arrangements. Jim is 2nd place winner of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition and member of a popular Beach Boys tribute act in the Phoenix area.
My song "Give Me Park Avenue" has recently been placed in the TV show Real Housewives of New York City.
Jim started on guitar at the age of 12, studying with a Jazz guitarist during his high school years in Tucson, Arizona while playing in school Jazz Band and various classic rock bands. Early on he had a fascination with creating chord-melody arrangements of his favorite songs, which is where he learned harmony and arranging techniques.
During college he majored in Electrical Engineering but continued his studies with courses music theory, Jazz improvisation, and electronic music. He also gigged regularly playing in various bands performing in a variety of styles Tejano, Dixeland, Bigband Jazz, Top40, and Fusion. He began working at a local recording studio, helping songwriters arrange and record demos of their songs. He was inspired to start his own home studio during the 80s after working with so many other musicians who were taking advantage of the newly-available decent-quality gear coming to market for home studios.
After college lived in LA for several years where he worked as an engineer by day, and continued playing music on the side. He did several demo projects with New Age artist Michael Hoppe, as well as several children's music projects. In 1994 he moved to Phoenix to raise his family and continued to play with several bands in the Phoenix area.
He also started focusing on writing his own original material and doing session work on the side. Some of the session work included projects with Tommy DeVitto, one of the founding members of The Four Seasons (of Franki Valli fame). Jim started his own music blog in 2013 about composing and recording for home studios, called crazycomposer.com
He continues to write and record his own music in addition to actively gigging in the Phoenix area.
Jim is a 2nd place winner in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for his song "The Invasion of Mayberry"
Jim's music has been placed in TV shows on A&E, TLC Network, E! Channel in addition to corporate websites and podcasts.