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Jay Gruska

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Jay Gruska started out with his first recording contract at twenty-one years old. From there he has seamlessly morphed from singer-songwriter to record producer to theatrical music composer to film and television composer–sometimes all at once. He is one of the few composers who has enjoyed a Top Five movie in the country, Mo’ Money, a Top Ten hit on the Pop Charts, “Good For Me”, and a hit TV series with an Emmy nominated theme, Lois & Clark, all within the same year. As a result, his composing skills run an unusually diverse range–from Gregorian Chant to World Music— from Benny Goodman swing to the lyrical soar or crash of an orchestral piece— from the rawest of Blues to the Avant-Garde and back , again.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, Gruska lived until the age of nine in Caracas, Venezuela. He then moved to Los Angeles, California . Influenced early on by the Latin rhythms he was surrounded by, and with the Broadway musicals played in his home, he developed a unique sensibility, and a constantly evolving mixture of musical styles and genres.

All this versatility has served him well. Recently, Jay was nominated for two more Emmy’s— one for his moody, affecting underscore for the highly acclaimed and therefore short-lived television series Falcone, and the second for the gritty main title theme for the same series. During the same period he created a quirky, indigenous score for indie film Par Six, for director Grant Heslov. (Gruska also scored Heslov’s amusing academy short, Waiting For Woody, featuring George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston.)

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