More About Ed Smaron

Ed Smaron has been making music in one form or another ever since he surprised a room full of family dinner guests by picking out the melody for "Never on Sunday" on a toy organ at age three.

Today he's focused primarily on creating original instrumental cues for use in film, television, video and other forms of media. His style ranges from happy and upbeat to tense and sinister, using keyboards, synths, percussion and guitar to design the sounds that fit your mood..

He's been a composer, songwriter, collaborator, theatrical musical director, performer and more. As a musical director with Chicago's famed improv/sketch comedy theatre The Second City, he wrote and co-wrote original comedy songs, provided music for scripted sketches and scored literally thousands of live improvised scenes in front of packed houses.with actors who now rank among Hollywood's most recognizable. He's also performed in hundreds of live corporate shows for many of America's leading institutions. In addition, his improv resume includes The Second City in Detroit and Los Angeles, iO Theatre (and its Mission Theatre sketch shows Trap and Undressed co-directed by global improv legends TJ & Dave), Annoyance Theatre, ComedySportz and Chicago's critically-acclaimed Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre (to whom he gives huge props for pointing him in this direction).

With this extensive background, he's composed to picture for numerous comedy short films, created intro/theme music for podcasts, and written topical songs, original and parody, that provoke laughter and/or rage at the events of the day.  On this site's video page are clips from a number of protest-y songs as well as from recent live comedy performances around the Chicago area.

On a serious note, he has written and/or co-written hundreds of original songs with lyrics, some performed by other singers and others that became part of his only CD "Atheist Blonde." Although not performing live as frequently these days, he still helps lyricists and vocalists create demos for original music, utilizing both his musical and production chops in his home studio.

Outside of the musical realm, Ed is a full time radio traffic reporter and freelance voiceover actor with a wide range of interests, including travel (I've been in the Indian Ocean on a bicycle and have pics to prove it), photography (check out my Instagram page), cooking and working out.

Let's work together on your next project!

--Ed Smaron