Jimmy
LaValle
Composer

BIOGRAPHY

Jimmy LaValle is a composer who uses synthesizers and effects to create a nuanced palette of textures and dense, evocative atmospheres. His music defies easy categorization, with a style that creates soothing melodies, highlighted by jolts of unexpected dissonance. While drawing inspiration from minimalist composers and sound manipulators like Max Richter and Cliff Martinez, LaValle has developed his own unique method of decorating a film’s sonic space.

His soundtrack work includes Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle’s Ovarian Psycos, PJ Raval’s Before You Know It and The Endless and Spring, both directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. These award winning films have played successfully at many festivals, including the Toronto International, TriBeca, SXSW, Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, Seattle, Edinburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco and on PBS' Independent Lens.

“I compose music to compliment the tone of a film,” LaValle says. “The focus is on constructing a mood, using silence as another instrument. I like a dark, melancholic, uplifting quality, which is not as contradictory as it sounds. I find an exclusive aural approach for each film to help it create its own environment, its own world - a cohesive structure that aligns with the director’s vision.” LaValle has been composing and playing challenging instrumental music with his band, The Album Leaf, since 1999. He continues to explore the unlimited horizons of sound and composition with his film soundtracks.

FILMS

  • Into the Dark
  • City Rising
  • Artist and Mother
  • Valor
  • The Endless
  • Ovarian Pyscos
  • Spring
  • Adrift
  • Before You Know It
  • Wonder Women! The Untold Story of Superheroines
  • Abaayo/Sister
  • Torey’s Distraction

CREDITS

Composer:
2019 They Come Knocking - Blumhouse / Hulu (Episodic TV series, Original Score)
2018 City Rising - The Informal Economy (TV series documentary, Original Score)
2018 Artist & Mother - Artbound (TV series documentary, Original Score)
2017 Valor (CW Drama, Original Score)
2017 The Endless (Narrative Feature, Original Score)
2017 The Mars Generation (Documentary, additional music)
2017 Ovarian Psycos, Independent Lens (TV Series documentary, Original Score)
2016 Ovarian Psycos (Documentary, Original Score)
2016 No Más Bebés (Documentary, Additional music)
2014 Spring (Narrative Feature, Original Score)
2013 Adrift (Documentary short, Original Score)
2013 Before You Know It (Documentary, Original Score)
2012 Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Documentary, Original Score)
2011 Abaayo/Sister (Documentary short, Original Score)
2010 Way Down in the Hole (Documentary short, Additional music)
2009 Torey’s Distraction (Documentary, Original Score)

 

TV/Film/Commercial Soundtrack:
2017 Nike (Online promo - performer/writer: “Going Under”)
2017 Airbnb (Online promo - performer/writer: “The Light”)
2016 American Airlines (TV/Online promo - performer/writer: “Adrift”)
2016 The Vampire Diaries - Things We Lost in the Fire (TV Series - performer/writer: "Window")
2016 Sonos (Online promo - performer/writer: “Back to the Start” , “Glimmering Lights”)
2015 Youth (Narrative Feature - performer/writer: "Ceiling Gazing”)
2015 For Grace (Narrative Feature - (performer/writer: “Another Day")
2012-2015 Scandal (TV Series)
-  The Testimony of Diego Munoz (performer/writer: "The Light")
-  Like Father, Like Daughter (performer/writer: "The Light")
-  Vermont Is for Lovers, Too (performer/writer"The Light")
-  Seven Fifty-Two (performer/writer"The Light")
-  Nobody Likes Babies (performer/writer"See In You", "The Light")
  • Grant: For the People (performer/writer: "The Light")
  • White Hats Off (performer/writer: “Tied Knots")
  • Things We Lost in the Fire (performer/writer: "Window")
2014 Terrible Love (Narrative Feature - performer/writer: “Window”)
2014 Vice  (TV Series - performer/writer: “Going Under”)
2014 Slingshot (Documentary - performer/writer: “TwentyTwoFourteen”)
2013 Lord Montagu (Documentary - performer/writer: "The Light")
2013 Not Today (Narrative Feature - performer/writer: "The Light")
2012 Google - Self Driving Car (Online promo - performer/writer: “We Need Help”)
2012 Love, Marilyn (Documentary - performer/writer: "The Light", "Moss Mountain Town", "Window")
2011 Stella Artois (Online promo - performer/writer: “Window”)
2011 Where Soldiers Come From (TV Series documentary - performer "The Light", "Seal Beach")
2011 Suits - Dirty Little Secrets (TV Series - performer/writer: "Blank Pages")
2009 Four Boxes (Narrative Feature - performer/writer: "Twenty Two Fourteen")
2008 Britney: For the Record (TV Movie documentary - performer/writer: "Into the Sea")
2007 Helvetica (Documentary - performer/writer: "Shine")
2008 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series - performer/writer: "Writings on the Wall")
2007 The Unforeseen (Documentary - performer/writer: "Window")
2006 Grey's Anatomy - Let the Angels Commit (TV Series - performer/writer: "Writings on the Wall")
2006 The Family Friend (Narrative Feature - performer/writer: "Over the Pond")
2004 Moog (Documentary - performer/writer: "Micro Melodies”)

 

CONTACT

Representation:
Andrew Zack
The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

4111 W. Alameda Avenue, Suite 509
Burbank, CA 91505

Phone: (818) 260-8500