J.D. Wise is a composer, sound designer, and performer based in Kansas City. Wise has had a passion for movie and video game music for as long as he can remember, long before he thought he would or could ever be a composer. Since moving to Kansas City from his hometown, Joplin, Mo., Wise has worked on a dozen or so film and commercial projects with local artists. In a world of low budget film scores made entirely from sample libraries, Wise makes it a point to use as many real performers in his tracks as possible. Even if it’s just one violinist, a couple trombonists, or a bit of string quartet mixed with a sampled string section, something can be always be done even with little or no budget.

An active performer, Wise is a cellist, guitarist, bass guitarist, and an aspiring throat singer. He has premiered numerous pieces involving cello for various colleagues, and recently commissioned and performed a solo cello piece by Morgan Greenwood (Listen here). Wise hopes to continually perform and advocate for new music whenever possible, and would even enjoy playing in some big film soundtracks sometime (if he’s not busy composing for them).


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