Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Jay Wadley is a New York based composer and multi-instrumentalist. A graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM, AD), Jay has won two Charles Ives awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters as well as an ASCAP/SCI Student Composer Award. He's been commissioned by Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW and composed for films including James Schamus' Indignation. Indignation premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was purchased by Lionsgate. Jay's TV credits include Lie to Me (FOX), VH1's Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story, The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) and orchestrations for Doctor Who (BBC). His films have been featured at Sundance, Berlin, BFI London, Rotterdam, Tribeca and Montreal film festivals. His arrangements and orchestrations for Rufus Wainwright, Mark Ronson and Calexico have been performed by The San Francisco Symphony, New York City Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, among others.
"Indignation also features a truly magnificent score by Jay Wadley, full of strings and fitting with the film’s classic aesthetic and storytelling." - Slash Films
"Taking its tonal cues from Jay Wadley’s gently elegiac violin-driven score, Indignation unfolds at a certain distance, both in maturity and time..." - Variety
Jay is a winner of both Charles Ives Fellowship award and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He Studied Music Composition at the Yale School of Music and at Oklahoma City University with Pulitzer Prize Winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Edward Knight and Ezra Laderman. His orchestrations and arrangements for artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Mark Ronson and Calexico have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, New York City Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Louisville Symphony. He's been commissioned by Carnegie Hall's ACJW, The Nouveau Classical Project and the Yale and Williams College Bands.
Jay is the music curator and live event music producer for FLATT Magazine in an effort to explore the convergence of musical genres. His feature articles include New Amsterdam Records, Empress of, Sugar Vendil, Oh Land, Lucius, Nico Muhly, And Morgan Kibby of M83 and White Sea. Live Performances have featured Raekwon, Q-tip, Samantha Ronson, DJ Elle Dee, DJ Timo Weiland, Wynter Gordon at private venues such as the National Arts Club and the Tribeca Grand. To read article samples visit www.flattmag.com or purchase at Barnes and Noble or on Itunes.