Born in 1986 to the Pacific Northwest, Jay’s body of work has developed into an eclectic sound world, and to date has compiled a catalog of compositions that includes chamber music, electronic and electro-acoustic works, solos, and symphonic pieces. His music is written under the contention that the deepest structures, relationships, and mysteries of sound, music, and the world around us are not mutually exclusive. His music aims to unite seemingly contradictory ideas, forms, and concepts woven within a musical language that endeavors to blur the frame that surrounds the picture. Jay completed his Bachelors of Music in Composition and his Masters of Science in Music at Portland State University (graduating cum laude), during which he studied with composers Bryan Johanson, Bonnie Miksch, and Brad Hanson.
Jay’s music has been performed all over Oregon with recent performances emerging across the United States. He’s received commissions from the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, the Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project (CPOP), Bus Stop Opera, and has had his music performed by Third Angle, CPOP, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), the RE:Percussion Duo, and the FPC Chamber Choir. He’s also had his music featured in the Monmouth New Music festival, the Portland International Piano Festival, March Music Moderne, College Music Society concerts, and the Think Lincoln Concert Series. In 2008 he collaborated with New York-based artist Scott Wayne Indiana on the “album in a day” project, where a full length CD of 12 tracks were written, rehearsed and recorded in 8 hours, all using musicians who have never met or played with each other before.
Jay is actively involved with a number of new music groups in Portland and is currently serving on the governing board of Cascadia Composers, a regional branch of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA).