John Morgan Askew / John Askew (Scenic Burrows) is a Portland, Oregon-based musician and producer/engineer who composes original music for film, television, and advertisement. As a producer and recording/mixing engineer, Askew has worked with The Dodos, Alela Diane, Neko Case, Peggy Sue, Rosie Thomas, House of Wolves, Laura Veirs, Glen Phillips, Corin Tucker Band, Richmond Fontaine, The Delines, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Lost Lander, Tu Fawning, Ramona Falls, and his own band Tracker. After receiving critical acclaim in 2005 for his original soundtrack to the Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, Askew began composing for film, television, and advertising including the feature films Calvin Marshall, How The Fire Fell (a co-score with Joe Haege), and Nightscape: Road Without End; as well as the feature documentaries We Grew Wings, There Is No Finish Line: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers, and Builderman: Bill Bowerman, and IFC’s television series Portlandia, and Lion’s Gate’s series The Ultimate Ride. In 2011, Askew received the NorthWest Film Forum’s Composer Award at the Local Sightings Film Festival for the score to Brett Eichenberger’s feature film Light of Mine. In 2012 Askew started work on Disney Junior’s animated series Jake and The Neverland Pirates with producers Kevin Hendrickson and Loren Hoskins. Currently still in production, Askew has created original score for over 30 episodes of the show.
In 2014, Askew completed the score to the feature film Redwood Highway and the award-winning feature documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply. His music was also recently featured in the HBO seriesSilicon Valley and the film August: Osage County, as well as in two groundbreaking commercials for Honey Graham’s national “This is Wholesome” campaign. Askew is currently working on the feature film Black Road, and the feature documentaries What Lies Upstream and When Giants Fall.