Jay Israelson is a composer based in LA and NYC. He writes music for films and commercials.
Israelson has written scores for several films which have screened at Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival and other international film festivals, and has recently composed original music for AMC’s The Trivial Pursuits Of Arthur Banks starring Adam Goldberg and Jeffrey Tambor, and Why Stop Now starring Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan and Oscar winner Melissa Leo. He most recently composed the score for The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde in which he wrote and recorded every instance of music in the film.
From 2003-2012, Israelson worked as a composer at The Rumor Mill, a NYC based music production house. There, he wrote music for national and international tv commercials, worked on film scores and worked as a piano session musician on recordings for Norah Jones, Scarlett Johansson and violinist Joshua Bell (for the song "Before My Time" by J. Ralph 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Song) and other notable artists.
Jay's compositional strengths stem from his deep knowledge of many eclectic musical languages. He studied composition and piano at Berklee and The New School. He is equally at home in a calypso band, a Mancini jazz orchestra, a hip hop session, an EDM studio, a Fellini film score etc. He is extremely intuitive when it comes to understanding the type of music/vibe a director conveys and gifted at interpolating it.