What? Ingenious contemporary composer and saxophonist.
From where? Glasgow.
What’s the story? Although Jay only graduated with a Masters in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2014, he’s never short of commissioning offers.
Already he’s composed for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, Workers Union Ensemble, Pure Brass and MusicLab - and has had his works conducted under many prestigious batons including Ilan Volkov, Pierre-André Valade and Garry Walker.
The 26-year-old first earned serious stripes for Houdini’s Death Defying Spectacular, a 20-minute audiovisual piece for chamber orchestra and multimedia, which bagged him the Craig Armstrong Composition Prize in 2014.
Never one to shy away from a madcap title or off-kilter influence, he’s since written pieces including Circumstantial Awareness at Zero-Depth Entry (a commission for the Workers Union Ensemble), Unauthorised Edition (a solo piano piece that integrates eighties rock references) and Dehumanised Shock Absorbers, also for the Workers Union Ensemble.
Tomorrow (22 November) sees the world premiere of his latest work Terranium for the Scottish National Orchestra, which will enjoy a three-night residency at the city’s Royal Concert Hall.
Then, on the 10 December, his anticipated BBC Radio 3-commissioned piece Fèin-Aithne premieres at City Halls in Glasgow.
Despite his relentless work schedule this year, Jay has still found time to work on new commissions for ensembles and performers in 2017. Watch this space…