Recording a cue at Sundance Composer Lab with composer Jeff Beal
"I didn't give him any indication of what it should be, how long it should be. I really just said do something, and I was pretty floored by what I got. It had exactly the right feeling, kind of elegiac and somehow uplifting at the same time. I was really surprised by how purely cinematic it was."- Steven Soderbergh on Gray's Music for And Everything is Going Fine.
Forrest Gray began his career as a composer for film at the age of 16, when he scored a documentary by award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Titled And Everything is Going Fine, the film chronicles the career of Gray’s father, Spalding Gray.
His professional experience ranges from his work with singer-songwriter Mike Posner, as both an arranger and composer, to multiple film and television credits as an additional composer, including Apple TV+'s debut drama, The Morning Show, under the musical direction of Carter Burwell, and Netflix's Dear White People, under the direction of composer Kris Bowers. Gray continues his work with Burwell heading into 2020, as an additional composer and orchestrator.
Gray's skillset encompasses a broad range of genres, having written numerous orchestral scores, most notably in his work for Bowers on Kobe Bryant's The Wizenard Series audio book, as well as synth-hybrid scores for a variety projects throughout the years. His work has been described as "dynamic, and evocative" with a "mature sense of drama" and a "sophisticated understanding of the orchestra."
Gray has also participated in a number of esteemed fellowships and workshops. In 2015 he was one of six composers invited to participate in the Sundance Composer's Lab, where he was mentored by composers Jeff Beal and Harry Gregson-Williams, and in 2016 he was a fellow of the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive's inaugural year, under the guidance of composer-conductor David Newman, as well as a participant in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. In July of 2018, Gray studied at the esteemed Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, were he broadened his compositional training under the tutelage of Boulanger's very protégées.
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