Henrik Åström is an award-winning composer born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1980. During his childhood he travelled a great deal, accompanying his father who was an archaeologist on digs in strange parts of the world. Every summer, he sat in soil and dust, under Greece’s scorching sun, with a shovel in his hand – without quite knowing what he was looking for.
It was much later that he realized that all this had become a part of his heart. Three thousand year old jars had spoken to him. It was the first time he had seen the world with curious eyes. He had wanted to understand it, explore it, and to show others what he had found. But he had not chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps.
At age eight, he discovered the piano. Like an archaeological dig, he wanted to dive into its depths and look for sounds that could explain everything – even life itself. He began his musical search and studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory and later at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Between 2002 and 2012 he ran the recording studio A-Stream Studio in Stockholm where he worked with grammy-winning artists such as Miss Li, Titiyo, and Glen Matlock from the legendary band Sex Pistols. Besides his work as a music producer, he wrote experimental theatre music for the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Frauke, Hirame Art Organization, the First Physical Theatre Company in South Africa, Los Angeles Movement Arts and Mandarin Orange Performing Arts (MOPA) in New York.
After relocating to the US, he has composed original film scores for a great number of filmmakers, including acclaimed directors Dan Zukovic (director of the cult classic ‘The Last Big Thing’ starring Mark Ruffalo), Ian McCrudden (grammy award nominated for ’Anita O’ Day – The Life of A Jazz Singer’) and Alison Parker (Dude, Where’s My Ferret?, for which Åström won a Goldie Award for Best Musical Score in 2016).
Åström has scored the upcoming documentary TV series ‘The American Runestone’ for Viaplay, written additional music for the hugely popular Dishonored video game franchise, and worked with Heitor Pereira on the animated blockbuster film Angry Birds. Current projects include Internment, an epic Albanian/American period piece drama, the upcoming feature film Eyes Upon Waking by Jennifer Scott (Hitch, 30 Rock), and the action/drama Mango Bajito that stars legendary actor Danny Trejo (Heat, Machete, Sons of Anarchy).
He currently resides and has his studio in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
After an extensive search for a music composer for our feature film, we discovered Henrik, whose extraordinary talent is contributing immeasurably to our project.
– Juan Castillo, dir. Mango Bajito
Really great stuff–the mix of horror and spaghetti western vibe is a very compelling combination, hilarious and spot on. Really exceptional.
– Dan Zukovic, actor/director, Scammerhead
Can’t thank you enough for the wonderful work. Love your music and really love how it emboldens the emotion of the film. Rare collaboration I treasure. To more!
– Ian McCrudden, dir. Child of Grace