Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Jay Wadley is a NYC/LA 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 with critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Lionsgate. Jay's TV credits include the upcoming series The OA (Netflix), 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 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.
Forthcoming Projects Include:
Double Play: Ernest Dickerson - Rotterdam 2017
Lucia Before & After: Directed by Anu Valia - Sundance 2017
Cruise: Robert Siegel (The Wrestler)
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
Recent work includes James Schamus' directorial debut Indignation(Summit Entertainment) Jeremy Teicher's Tracktown (LA Film Fest) and Ernest Dickerson's Double Play. Forthcoming projects include Netflix original series The OA, Anu Valia's Lucia Before and After and James Burns'(We Live This) documentary, Revolving Doors.
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Jay is a winner of both the 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.