Jay Wadley is a NY based composer and music producer. Upcoming releases include; Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, The Innocence Files directed by Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated, Apollo), Independant Spirit Award Nominated Driveways directed by Andrew Ahn(Spa Night), and the Sundance NEXT Audience and Innovation award winning narrative debut, I Carry You with Me (Sony), written and directed by Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, Detropia).
His score for James Schamus' critically acclaimed directorial debut, Indignation (Lionsgate), was featured in IndieWire's "10 Best Scores of 2016", received a Billboard premiere and a concert performance by the Winnipeg Symphony for Soundtracks Live. Recent projects include the Tales of the City (Netflix/Universal) starring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Ellen Page, Emmy nominated Raised in the System VICE Season 6 Premiere (HBO), Rhys Ernst's (Transparent) directorial debut ADAM, Andrew Ahn's (Spa Night) , The OA (Netflix/Plan-B), Anu Valia's Sundance winning short Lucia, Before & After and Jacob LaMendola's Emmy nominated Long Shot (Netflix). His films have played at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW, Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca, BFI London, LA Film Festival, and Montreal film festivals among others.
A graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM, AD) and Oklahoma City University School of Music (BM), Jay has won two Charles Ives awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters as well as an ASCAP/SCI Student Composer Award for his concert music. He's been commissioned by Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, the Yale Band, Williams College and The Nouveau Classical Project and invited as a guest lecturer on composition at Yale, The Peabody Institute, NYU, OCU and Kennesaw State University. 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.
Milan Records today releases Driveways (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by composer and music producer Jay Wadley (Indignation, Tales of the City, ADAM). Available everywhere now, the soundtrack features music written by Wadley for the forthcoming film directed by Andrew Ahn. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, Driveways is out now and available to watch on demand.
Of the soundtrack, composer Jay Wadley says, "In my score for Andrew Ahn's Driveways, I took an understated, paired down approach with textured analog production on a felted grand piano and chamber string ensemble. The film is a delicate and subtle piece, so Andrew and I felt the score needed to take extra care not to step on or get in the way of story and character. As I began the creative process, my way into Cody and Del's sound was through an attempt to capture the mood of childhood experiences like tooling around in the yard and on the porch during long, lazy, hot summer afternoons. I find a certain dreaminess, comfort, and melancholy to those days that informed the music's overall tone and character. To echo the simple yet profound nature of Del and Cody's friendship, I used equally simple recurring melodic and harmonic material that often plays as intimate duets between strings and piano. These melodies thoughtfully blossom and mature throughout the film, deepening their associations, and help us connect to relationships that have shaped us and remind us of the beauty and tragedy of their impermanence."