Jeff “Houndog” Schiller is a professional musician, composer and filmmaker, with degrees in music and film. His passion for these two disciplines and their inherent abilities to tell stories, has inspired him to pursue a career that encompasses both. He is also quite adept at talking about himself in the third person.
As a musician, he specializes as a performer on saxophones, clarinets, flutes, double-reeds and voice. His musical activities also include work as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, contractor, copyist and educator.
His work as a filmmaker involves editing, scoring, sound design, foley, adr, writing, directing, and acting.
Being equally familiar with the language of film and the language of music, he is uniquely capable of, and revels in, using his skills to playfully create infinite combinations of the two.
Based in New York City, Houndog has enjoyed touring the world with artists such as Gloria Gaynor, appearing in over 40 different Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and working as a studio musician for TV, film and in collaboration with other recording artists.
His diverse performing, compositional and arranging styles have been heard over the years in many venues, markets and media, including numerous radio, TV and internet jingles, and the soundtracks of major and independent motion pictures.
He has appeared on network and cable TV shows, numerous original recordings, and in countless live concert performances in New York City and around the world, from Carnegie Hall to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Comfortable wearing more than one hat on a project, Houndog’s musician-, composer- and filmmaker-worlds often intertwine: editing audio one moment, composing music the next; creating a video to go with a song, or adding music to a film; arranging a song for a client, then recording and producing tracks for it as well. Sometimes he ends up playing all roles at once on a project! But he also knows how to stay in his lane as a collaborator, and is an eager team player.
In addition to his professional activities, Houndog is also an avid bowler, bike rider, farmer’s market patron, chef, sniffer and tail-wagger