Best known for his nearly three decades of composing stylistically eclectic scores for independent film director John Sayles, Mason Daring’s musical resume extends back to the pop-folk era of the early 70s, when the singer songwriter performed solo at the Bull & Finch (later Cheers) in Boston and later toured and recorded as a popular duo with singer Jeanie Stahl. He recently fulfilled a career-long dream with his self-titled solo debut album, Mason Daring.
After practicing law for a few years, Daring began producing albums for popular folk artists. His legal work put him in touch with Sayles who liked Daring’s music and hired him for $700 to score his first film, The Return of the Secaucus 7. Complementing his film composing work, which includes scores for almost all of Sayles’ films, Daring founded his indie label Daring Records, which featured albums from Boston area musicians.
Daring’s projects as composer include the Emmy-nominated Bailey’s Mistake, epic documentaries (The Carter Project), and the long running series Nova and Frontline. Mason teaches composition for film at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.