Called a “master composer” by the Boston Globe for his jazz orchestra’s debut jazz CD, “First Storybook”, Hans Indigo Spencer’s career stretches over twenty years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers. Composing credits include shows airing on National Geographic Channel, History Channel, PBS, Cartoon Network, the Science Channel, and Investigation Discovery as well as music for plays at Portland Stage – “Iron Kisses”, “Magnetic North”, and “Passion of the Hausfrau”. He has also underscored hundreds of improv comedy shows at Improv Boston Theater, played saxophone with bands such as the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and his own Indigo Invention Group, and written jazz compositions for those groups as well. The Chameleon Arts Ensemble, one of Boston’s premier classical chamber groups, regularly features his music in their family concerts which he helps design and present. Most recently, his composition “Glue” blended elements from the great classical works on the concert into an original piece that included parts for the audience to play on xylophones.
He was educated in classical composition at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. He taught general and choral music in the Cambridge Public Schools while teaching graduate courses at Lesley University on integrating music with other curriculum areas. Composing music for documentaries is the perfect marriage of his work creating music, teaching, and using music to help people learn.