Ken Myhr is known for walking the road less travelled and for delivering consistently high-quality scores within ever shortening turn around times. He’s written music for more than 100 award winning documentaries, series and feature films. His music showcases a broad range of musical influences including orchestral, world beat, rock, jazz and electronica; he’s as comfortable in front of a fifty-piece orchestra as he is holed-up in his studio finding the perfect ukulele sound.
Ken was born to a musical family. From an early age he listened to his father play jazz stride piano and sing barbershop. After just a few lessons he taught himself to play guitar and subsequently spent the next 10 years making a lot of noise. His formal education began at York University where he studied contemporary composition, jazz and world music. Concurrently, he studied improv with Duke Ellington alumnus Fred Stone, South Indian music with master drummer Trichy Sankaran, and African drumming with Abraham Adzinya. He left his formal studies and began working in the Canadian recording industry where he contributed to more than 100 CD’s, most notably with the Cowboy Junkies and Jane Siberry. He’s performed on concert stages worldwide including at The Royal Albert Hall, Massey Hall, Radio City Music Hall and has played live on the David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Two of his theatrical features “The World Before Her” and “Hermans House” both won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and the latter earned him a 2014 Canadian Screen Award nomination and the feature documentary, “Sembene” was a bit hit at 2015 Sundance Film Festival. You can hear his music weekly on the title credits for series, “CBC Doc Zone” and CBC’s flagship production, “The Nature of Things” starring David Suzuki. In 2020, Ken won a Canadian Screen Award for his score to “The Accountant of Auschwitz”.