Forrest Gray

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Forrest Gray began his career as a composer for visual media at the age of 16 when he scored a documentary by academy award winning director, Steven Soderbergh. The film is titled And Everything is Going Fine, and chronicles the career of Gray's father, Spalding Gray. This was a seminal moment in Gray's career, and consequently led to him studying at Berklee College of Music. Gray graduated Berklee in 2014 with a degree in Film Scoring and a minor in conducting. While at Berklee, Gray collaborated with a number of students on short films and dance pieces, and was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious BMI Scholarship award, which was awarded to him by renowned film composer, James Newton Howard. Gray also interned with film composer Carter Burwell in 2012. Gray has a number of other credits ranging from documentaries, short films, web commercials, and theatre. During the summer of 2014, Gray composed music for an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Galapagos, which premiered at the Parish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. The show was sold out for all five performances, and received a glowing review in the New York Times. Gray is a versatile composer, and writes mainly large orchestral works. Although traditional orchestral music was his main focus at Berklee, he is also more than proficient in rock, jazz, and electronic. Some of his influences include John Williams, Danny Elfman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrman, Gustav Mahler, Bill Evans, Phillip Glass, and Marvin Gaye. "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