Steve Bartek


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Steve Bartek, born in Garfield Heights, Ohio on January 30, 1952, is an American guitarist, film composer, conductor and orchestrator.
Bartek started off while still in high school, writing songs and playing flute with the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.
After college he worked at the Baked Potato with Leon Gaer under the leadership of Don Randi until joining the theatrical ensemble The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo which became Oingo Boingo.
Between 1979 and 1995, Bartek played lead guitar in New Wave band Oingo Boingo, led by Danny Elfman.
Bartek has composed music for television series like The Tick, Tales from the Crypt, Nightmare Ned and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, and movies like An Extremely Goofy Movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Snow Day, "Novacaine" and "The Art of Travel". In 1992 he was nominated for a Saturn Award for his soundtrack to Guilty as Charged but lost to Loek Dikker and Body Parts. In 2005, together with Danny Elfman and Stewart Copeland, he was awarded an BMI Film & TV Award for his work on Desperate Housewives.
As an orchestrator, Bartek has worked on over 50 productions as of 2007, including most Tim Burton productions, Mission Impossible, Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man and Milk.
More recently, he is providing the soundtrack for Donovan Cook's upcoming film Rideshare: The Movie, alongside former Oingo Boingo member John "Vatos" Hernandez.
Steve Bartek did horn arrangements for Avenged Sevenfold's song "A Little Piece of Heaven" as well as for John Hiatt's "Little Head." He produced Raya Yarbrough's eponymous album and arranged strings for the song "Early Autumn." He also did a string arrangement for Ricky Martin's "Vuelve."
Bartek plays guitar for Battlestar Galactica and Trauma and Walking Dead TV underscore written by close friend Bear McCreary.
Bartek also contributed music to both the ride queue and exit of Disneyland's short-lived Rocket Rods attraction in 1998, including a synthesizer arrangement of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and an arrangement of "World of Creativity."

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