Composer Alonso Malik Pirio grew up listening to and writing music from a wide variety of styles, including jazz, R&B, rock, Afro-Cuban, funk, and hip-hop. Classically trained, he holds a degree from UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, and has since gone on to form a career as a film composer, music director, orchestrator, performer, and educator.
Alonso's film scores have been heard at over a dozen festivals across the US, including American Black Film Festival, Outfest, Arab Film Festival, and Milwaukee Film Festival. He wrote the R&B-infused score to Origin (2018)—which premiered at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood—as well as for several other animated and live-action shorts, such as Big Bark (2020), and Herald of Blue (2020).
A multi-instrumentalist, Alonso has performed in dozens of pit orchestras, music directed cabaret shows, and been in recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared in concert with artists including Hila Plitmann, Eliseo Roman, Curt Mega, J’Nai Bridges, Doreen Montalvo, Ashley Argota, and Robert Manion.
He is an avid hiker and traveler who lives and works in his native Los Angeles.