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Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Emir Isilay now resides in Los Angeles, where he is a composer, pianist, producer, arranger and engineer. He has composed music for many movies and TV shows appearing on SyFy, WB, Lifetime, Hallmark, Starz, and others. He has scored numerous independent films, and his score for “The Crimson Mask” was nominated for Best Original Score at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival. Emir also placed original songs in “Hangover Part II” (Warner Bros.) and “Kung Fu Panda: Holiday Special” (Dreamworks).

Earlier in his career, Emir worked with the Media Ventures team, home of the legendary film composer Hans Zimmer. There he worked and performed extensively with renowned composer and guitarist Heitor Pereira on “Curious George” (Universal), “Ask The Dust” (Paramount), “Haven” (Yari Film Group), “Two Weeks” (MGM) and “Dirty Dancing 2 Havana Nights” (Miramax). Emir has also worked as a pianist, arranger, orchestrator, engineer, and also wrote additional music with film and TV composer Philip Giffin on a wide variety of projects, including FOX’s “K-Ville”, NBC’s “Boomtown”, ABC’s “Eyes” and the MGM feature “Soul Plane.”

In 2010, his group “beyond orange,” an electronica / chillout outfit with Andrew Campbell was signed to Water Music Records. Cuts from their eponymous album have appeared on several compilations alongside music from other top electronica artists such as Thievery Corporation and Stardelay. Emir produced Neraida’s debut album and co-produced Basstown’s album “Hands of Time,” and is also currently writing music for the prestigious Chicago Music Library, Playtunes Music Library and Fine Tune Music Libraries.

Other artists Emir has worked and/or performed with include: David Foster, Tiger Okoshi, Jeff Richman, Gary Novak, Michael Landau, Walt Fowler, Brandon Fields, Bob Sheppard, Russell Ferrante, Will Kennedy, Judd Miller, Larry Steen, Heitor Pereira, Andy Suzuki, Joel Taylor, Simon Phillips, Tom Walsh, Marco Mendoza, John Leftwich, Mike Fisher, Steve Billman, Francis Buckley, Tiziano Ferro, Mitchel Forman, Kendrick Scott, Marco Panascia.

Emir was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring at the world- renowned Berklee College of Music in 2002, where he received best jazz composition and best film scoring student awards. He was also selected as one of the best pianists at Berklee. His arrangements are still being taught in Berklee Professor Ted Pease’s jazz composition book worldwide. Emir also represented the school on a ten-day concert tour of three cities in Japan in 2002.

Prior to attending Berklee, and while working and studying with internationally celebrated Turkish jazz musician Aydin Esen, Emir won 1st place in the Istek Vakfi Music Event in 1996; 1st place in the Istanbul Halici Midi Contest in 1997 and 2nd place in 1996; and 1st place in the Roxy Music Days Competition in 1996.



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New Music Video

Here is a music video by Antonio Pontarelli that we shot recently featuring Matthew Rodriguez, Bjørn Fleuren, Jules Rodriguez and myself:

Concerto

Just finished the score for the new film “Concerto” starring Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”) and Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”).

The score was performed beautifully with live orchestra and the film is being mixed at the Sony Studios.

Random Encounters

The romantic-comedy film “Random Encounters” that I did the score for is now available on all major cable services in the US and Canada.

It’s also available on iTunes, Google Play, Xbox and Vudu. Here is a link:

iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/random-encounters/id740367027

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Road 50’s Drummer

Native Instruments released another great drums library: “Abbey Road 50’s Drummer”.

You can hear my track in the video below as well as at this link along with some other tracks I did (“Fat City Boogie”, “Slow Swings” & “Baby, I’m Blue”): Abbey Road 50’s Drummer Tracks

 

Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass

Another amazing new product from Native Instruments! Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass. You can hear my track “Wild Ride” at this link: “Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass”

Vintage Drummer Tracks

Here is another amazing new library from Native Instruments where you can hear my track at the video below and more tracks of mine (called “After Midnight” and “Low Altitude”) at this link: “Vintage Drummer Audio Demos”

#DadLast

Here is the new Verizon FiOS iPad app video that I co-wrote and produced the music for.

Lyrics and Vocals by Damion White
Music by Emir Isilay & Damion White
Video directed by Boris Undorf

The F-List

Here is a new episode from a very cool web series called “The F-List” that I started doing the music for:


The F-List – 4th Episode – Fake It ‘Till You… by flisttv

Session Horns Tracks

Native Instrument just released amazing product called “Session Horns”.

You can listen to my demo track for it (“Jam Session”) by clicking here.

Action Strings Tracks

Native Instrument just released their amazing new String product “Action Strings”.

You can listen to my demo tracks for it (“The Sorcerer’s Journey” and “Fields of Green”) by clicking here.

Native Instruments Project

I’ve been working on new product demos for Native Instruments for a couple of years now. Currently working on some very cool upcoming product demos as well! You can check my previous product demos for “The Giant”, “Session Strings Pro”, “Retro Machines MK2″ and “Studio Drummer” from their website: http://www.native-instruments.com 

Upcoming concert

Upcoming Concert

09/26/12 – Evren Edler Group – Live at Lucy’s 51 (lucys51.com)

10149 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602  9 pm

Emir Isilay: Keyboards, Andrew Campbell: Guitars, Evren Edler: Bass, Matt Starr: Drums

Playing originals and contemporary jazz standards.

Dubstep Album

Currently working on a dubstep album for Chicago Music Library

Angeliki Bazigou Project

Currently mixing Angeliki Bazigou’s debut album. To be released later this year.

New website is online!

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Drama

Drama

Action-Trailer

Action-Trailer

Horror-Thriller

Horror-Thriller

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Comedy

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Romance

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Ethnic

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Ambient

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Jingle

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Rock

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Electronic

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Jazz

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Contact

Contact


  • Email: emir@emirisilay.net
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