Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Jay Wadley is a NYC/LA based composer and music producer. His score for James Schamus' Indignation was featured in IndieWire's "10 Best Scores of 2016", received a concert performance by the Winnipeg Symphony for Soundtracks Live, and has been nominated for the 2017 BSO Jerry Goldsmith Awards for "Best Original Score for a Feature Film". Indignation premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Lionsgate. Recent projects include The OA (Netflix) and Anu Valia's Lucia, Before & After, winner of the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize: U.S. Short Fiction. Other TV credits include Lie to Me (FOX), Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (VH1), The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) and orchestrations for Doctor Who (BBC). His films have played at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca, BFI London, LA Film Festival 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.
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, the Yale and Williams College among others.
"Cruise" - Dir. Robert Siegel (The Wrestler)
"Double Play" - Dir. Ernest Dickerson
"Revolving Doors" - Dir. James Burns
"Thump": Dir. Matty Brown
"The Last Fisherman" - Dir. Shal Ngo
Listen to Indignation on Spotify.
"Jay Wadley may be the most exciting 'new' composer to enter the fray in 2016.... It’s hard to overstate how exciting it is to hear a young composer write such a rich score in a traditional vein." - IndieWire "10 Best Scores of 2016"
"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