During high school, I held high-ranking chairs as a violist in numerous All-District, All-State, and All-New England Festival Orchestras. I was then recruited to play competitive soccer at Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine (BA Music Performance), where I was fortunate enough to study viola performance and analysis with Julia Adams of the Portland String Quartet. My compositional course work included "The Analysis of Electro acoustic Composition" with Professor Simon Waters during a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia, School of Music, Norwich, England, in 1995.

My Senior Thesis project was entitled: "A Performance and Analysis of Selected Works for Viola": Ernest Bloch's Meditation, Mozart's Violin/Viola Duet: K423, Alan Hovhaness' Chahagir for Solo Viola, and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 6 in F Major, Opus 96 ("American"). I was asked by the faculty to perform this quartet during the college's convocation and awarding to famed Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the honorary doctor of humane letters degree in April, 1996.

After I graduated from Bates College, I was accepted into the Master of Music in String Performance program at the Boston Conservatory for both viola and electric bass. But I decided to head to New York City instead to pursue corporate opportunities in internet business development just as things were heating up in the Dotcom world.  During my time in New York City, it was business work by day and music club work at night! I worked full-time in senior business development and executive production management capacities at Sony Corporation Of America (Sony Online Ventures and Sony Music Worldwide Radio Networks), News Corporation (FOX Sports Online), theglobe.com, and Opus360 Corporation (FreeAgent.com).  Thankfully, several of these companies yielded successful initial public offerings!  After leaving the corporate world, I have been musically active as a professional bassist/violist/composer/string arranger/contractor, and music director in Brooklyn, NY, West Chester, PA, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.

JAY TERRIEN is a Los Angeles, California-based professional bassist, violist, string arranger, composer, musician contractor, and music director. Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Terrien holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the prestigious Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Terrien also spent time studying viola and Electroacoustic composition at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.


Since his arrival in Los Angeles, CA last year, Terrien has quickly established himself as a highly sought-after recording session multi-instrumentalist, music director, musician contractor, and touring musician in the Los Angeles, CA music scene. Well-known for his technical proficiency and amazing tone/great feel on several stringed instruments, it's his diverse musical appetite, ability to tastefully serve any song, and unabashed love for all musical genres that keeps his phone ringing.

Armed with some of the best ears and transcription skills in the business, Terrien has been doing plenty of national television and live concert work on both bass and viola with some outstanding artists. Recent clients include performing live with legendary superstars STEVIE WONDER and ESPERANZA SPALDING, for a concert at the Nokia Theatre that also featured HERBIE HANCOCK, CHICK COREA, and JOHN MAYER. He also worked under the music directorship of bassist NATHAN EAST in a concert for Yamaha Corporation of America that showcased legendary performers JOSH GROBAN, PATTI AUSTIN, MICHAEL MCDONALD, BEN FOLDS, WYNONNA JUDD, MINDI ABAIR, DAVE KOZ, AND THE SUMMER HORNS.

As an arranger, Jay Terrien composed, conducted, contracted, and performed his own string arrangements for the new ALIEN ANT FARM album, “Always And Forever”. Previous to that, Terrien also composed string arrangements and performed with pop star ANDY GRAMMER on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He performed with THE BODEANS at Chicago Symphony Center and at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and wrote string arrangements and performed with 6-time Grammy nominee MOBY on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Terrien also played viola with RIHANNA, KANYE WEST, and DRAKE at The NBA All-Star Game at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. Terrien has also worked with CHRIS MANN (Finalist on the hit NBC show “The Voice”, Singer on hit FOX TV show “GLEE”, former Sony/BMG artist, toured with Grammy Award-winner India.Arie and Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel) and toured with YouTube sensation singer-songwriter CLARA C (http://www.youtube.com/user/ClaraCMusic).

Other collaborators include work with BEAUTY IN THE BREAKDOWN (the new band from Chastity Ashley of DURAN DURAN), Winnipeg, Manitoba singer-songwriter JP HOE, MILCK (CONNIE LIM, an emerging singer-songwriter seen on the hit NBC TV show “THE VOICE”), production guru ROB WELLS (Backstreet Boys, Nick Lachey, Mika, Olivia Newton John, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber, etc.), BRANDON ROGERS (AMERICAN IDOL finalist and vocalist for Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Anastacia, Usher, etc.), and ARAS BASKAUSKAS (CBS TV “SURVIVOR” Season 12 Million Dollar Winner). In addition to his sideman work, Jay Terrien also composed and conducted punk rock string arrangements for the new album by RANCID, “Let The Dominoes Fall”, which skyrocketed to #11 on the US Billboard Top 200.

As a creatively driven music arranger and musician contractor, he focuses on satisfying the artistic wishes and business needs of the client. He has immediate access to and regularly works with the best strings, brass, pop/rock band, and orchestral players in the world whose credits include live and studio session work with Moby, Lana Del Rey, Andy Grammer, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Adele, Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake, P-Diddy, Rancid, Justin Timberlake, Linda Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Penn, Andy Grammer, Jessica Simpson, Faith Evans, The Jonas Brothers, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Metallica, etc.

Alongside licensing specific instrumental and sound design compositions for unique placement within the Motion Picture and Television scene, Jay Terrien has recently expanded his ground-breaking compositional portfolio with the release of his latest studio recording endeavor entitled, "ALL THE DOLLS IN THE SAME PLACE". "ALL THE DOLLS IN THE SAME PLACE", is a remarkable bass and drums ONLY "POWER DUO" instrumental album featuring stellar acoustic and electronic drum contributions from drumming legend PAT MASTELOTTO (King Crimson, XTC, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Mr. Mister, etc.) and genius production and mix work by RONAN CHRIS MURPHY (King Crimson, Internet Sensation Tay Zonday, Ulver, Anthony Curtis (Featuring Tony Levin, Mike Keneally, Lewis Pragasam, and Jeff Gauthier), Willie Oteri, The California Guitar Trio, Steve Stevens, Terry Bozzio, etc.). This record is commercially distributed worldwide through Discipline Global Mobile/Inner Knot Records (RYKO) and is also available through The Vermont Music Shop, CD Baby, and many other retail outlets.

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You can e-mail Jay Terrien at jay AT jayterrien DOT com, Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace him if you would like to discuss his availability for a string arrangement project, a studio recording session, or a live concert performance opportunity. 

You can also find Jay Terrien catching up with his fellow bass fans and gear aficionados during master classes, at industry-trade shows like NAMM, and at bass-specific online communities such as TalkBass.com and Extendedrangebassist.com, etc.

Constantly Changing Equipment Specs and Endorsements (For All Of You Gearheads):

Basses: 1.) Nordy vJ5 5-String Jazz Bass (With Aguilar OBP-3 Pre-Amp)

2.) Status Graphite Stealth-2 6-String Headless Fretless Bass
(Tuned EADGCF or EBDF#C#E)

3.) *2* Parker Fly Bass 5-String Fretted (Tuned EADGC, DADF#C#, or BADF#C#)

4.) Martin HD-28 Acoustic Guitar (Tuned EADGCF)

5.) Custom 4-String Fretted with Schoales neck (Piccolo Bass, Tuned EADG)

Strings: D'Addario XL's Custom 4+5-String Sets, with Low B and High C for altered tunings (E-C Tuning: .120, .85, .65, .45, .32)
Status Graphite HotWire Strings Doubleball Custom Gauges for 6-String Status Custom Fretless
(E-F Tuning: .100, .80, .60, .40, .30, .20)
PIRASTRO Viola Strings: Evah Pirazzi, Obligato, and Passione

Amps: Epifani UL-502 Bass Head, Aguilar Amplification

Carvin PB500 Head with Carvin 4X10 and 1X18 cab
(FOR SALE: E-mail jay AT jayterrien DOT com)

Effects: Endorsing Malekko EKKO 616 Delay Pedal, CHICKLET, PHASE, CHORUS, FUZZ
Malekko Pink Silicon Limited Edition B:ASSMASTER Distortion Pedal

Digitech BP8 Preamp Processor, Boomerang Phrase Sampler V2.0, BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Peterson StroboStomp Virtual Strobe Pedal Tuner, DOD Stereo Flanger, Monster and Spectraflex Bass Cables, MXR Bass DI+, Comfort Strapp Bass Straps

Recording: Digidesign Pro Tools LE Version 7.3.1 for Digi002 Hardware, KORG D-1600 Digital Studio, Alesis M1 Active Mk2 Monitors, Rode NTK Tube Condenser Mic, Rode NT5 Condenser Pair, Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer

Computer Specs: Customized Hand-built PC With Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 2200+/266 FSB Processor CPU, Asus VIA A7V333 Chipset ATX Motherboard w/ RAID, 3 IBM 80GB Hard drives, Micron 512MB 64x64 PC2100 DDRAM RAM, Promise Controller Card ULTRA133TX2.

eMachines 6811 Laptop running Pro Tools LE 7.3.1 (Digi002)