Whether it’s composing feature film music, studio work for major recording artists, or performing on world stages, Lyle Workman enjoys the fruits of a diversified career.
Lyle composed the music for the films SUPERBAD, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, WIN WIN, 21 AND OVER, YES MAN, AMERICAN REUNION and STAND UP GUYS.
A seasoned guitarist, Lyle was recruited by Sting and performed his first show with the musical icon in London for the monumental Live 8 Benefit. A tour with Sting followed throughout Europe and South America in the summer of 2006.
As a session musician, Lyle has played on records with artists such as Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Shakira, Jellyfish and many more.
A Northern California native, Lyle was enlisted as a member of Todd Rundgren’s group, recording and toured extensively throughout The US and Japan. From 94’ to 98’ began a string of records and tours with Pixies founder and creative force Frank Black. A testament to Lyle’s diversity, he began a creative endeavor with Jazz legend, drummer Tony Williams.
Recruited by Beck for a string of world tours, Lyle hit the road from 1999 to 2001, performing at major American and European venues and festivals, and television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and American Music Awards.
Lyle began writing commercial music for television, radio, and documentary scores, eventually making the jump to feature film, the first being MADE, written and directed by Jon Favreau; this collaboration led to Jon’s television show DINNER FOR FIVE, featuring Lyle’s Django Reinhardt inspired music.
Lyle wrote additional music for the Will Ferrell film, KICKING AND SCREAMING. This began a fruitful relationship with one of the producers, Judd Apatow, who chose Lyle to compose music for his directorial film debut, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. This led to several Apatow productions. In addition to the films listed above, Lyle composed additional music for KNOCKED UP.
As a producer, Lyle produced one of Holland’s top recording artists, Ilse DeLange, for two multi-platinum records.
His solo debut CD, “Purple Passages” (1996), recorded in a spare bedroom, received international acclaim and was dubbed “possibly the best guitar album of the year” by Guitar Shop Magazine. Being intrigued with recording since his teens, Lyle’s newly upgraded recording studio gave birth to Lyle’s second solo CD: “Tabula Rasa” (2000), another instrumental project highlighting his growing interest in the facets of production, engineering, arranging and composing. In 2009, “Harmonic Crusader” was released.
Sting July ’05 – July ’06
Beck November ’99 – August ’01
Dreams Come True Japan ’99
Frank Black US, Japan, Australia and Europe March ’94 – June ’98
Jude Cole US Tour ’93
Todd Rundgren US and Japan ’89 – ’91
Bourgeois Tagg US and Europe ’85 – ’88
Live 8 Sting ’05
Conan O’ Brian Beck ‘00
MTV Spankin New Music – Beck ‘99
Top of the Pops (US and UK) Beck ‘99
American Music Awards Beck ‘99
Saturday Night Live Beck ‘99
The Tonight Show Beck ‘99
MTV 120 Minutes Frank Black ‘94
Conan O’ Brian Frank Black ‘94
The Tonight Show Jude Cole ‘93
The Tonight Show Bourgeois Tagg ‘88
American Bandstand Bourgeois Tagg ‘88
Top of the Pops (US and UK) Bourgeois Tagg ‘88
VIDEO The Making of Second Wind (Todd Rundgren)
VIDEO Todd Rundgren Live in Japan
VIDEO Beck – Mixed Business