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."
Film School Rejects Charlie Brigden writes……This article is part of our 2020 Rewind. Follow along as we explore the best and most interesting movies, shows, performances, and more from this very strange year. In this entry, we're listening to the best movie score soundtracks of 2020.
I don't need to tell you how tough 2020 has been for all of us, but one bright side is that the music coming out of cinema has been fantastic. With the change in film exhibition due to the COVID-19 crisis, the playing field seems like it's been leveled, and a lot more independent film scores are getting noticed instead of the usual blockbuster blackout. And from that, the kind of scores we've been blessed with - synth-heavy, delicate chamber music, symphonic brilliance – -have been amazing.
It could still be better for female composers being given opportunities, as male composers are still heavily favored, but with scores like Tamar-kali‘s Shirley, Hannah Peel‘s The Deceived, Gazelle Twin‘s Nocturne, Isobel Waller-Bridge‘s Emma, and Aska Matsumiya‘s I'm Your Woman, plus Hildur Guðnadóttir‘s ground-breaking Oscar win for Joker, the future is certainly bright.
(We also saw the loss of an absolute legend in the industry in 2020, the great Ennio Morricone, but thankfully, with the sheer amount of music he wrote, there is still much to explore.)
This year's list has a good mix of drama, adventure, horror, and even the occasional super-villain, along with some great archival releases, as usual. There's plenty to go around, so let's celebrate the wonderful music the year has given us. Among the 20 best movie score soundtracks released in 2020 is; Driveways (Milan Records).
Jay Wadley‘s score for Andrew Ahn's Driveways, a film featuring the final performance of Brian Dennehy, feels like slipping into a beautiful dream. It's like laying down and wrapping yourself in these delicately spaced piano notes, with the warm and empathetic strings comforting you, leaving you to float amidst memories and reflect on their importance to you. It's not quite ambient; it feels more lucid in its design for that, but the gift this music gives you in the way it lets you meditate inside it is a rare one indeed, as well as supplying an emotionally resonant underpinning for the film itself
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The 2019 American drama film Driveways, directed by Andrew Ahn and starring Brian Dennehy, was a hit when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, 2019. It missed theatrical release due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was released on video-on-demand on May 7, 2020 (it currently stands at 100% Fresh on RottenTomatoes. The soundtrack album - now available for streaming - is not just rich in spirit, but a soothing tonic for these challenging times. Each of composer Jay Wadley's tracks, whether small chamber groupings or solo piano, are gorgeously reflective New Age music with light harmonic melodies that sear the soul, giving us a deep sense of reflection and nostalgia. With a gentle but assured touch. the composer's strokes of love evoke the grand majesty of the human experience. The 20 tracks are short, just 30 minutes all told, but it's such a lovely journey. One of my favorite soundtracks in some time.
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