As a composer, I've worked with dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, musical theatre performers, ice skaters, you name it. I specialize in giving physical performers highly rhythmic, energetic and emotionally evocative contemporary orchestral crossover music, great for live productions and performances.
I have been composing for over 20 years, with works performed by multiple universities as well as used by competitive gymnasts and dancers. With my backgrounds in dance, drum corps, tumbling/acrobatics/circus arts, and musical theatre I know first hand what musical elements elevate emotion and theme, helping to generate more dynamic performances with a more unique sound.
I also write songs (music and lyrics) in various genres including: singer-songwriter, rock, rap, contemporary piano solo, chamber music, gospel, Latin-fusion, marching band arrangements, drum line works, percussion ensemble, musical theatre, contemporary-classical (orchestral), contemporary-christian/worship, and of course contemporary-orchestral crossover, my specialty fusion that cross-pollinates rock and world fusion influences with the sounds of a large symphonic orchestra and electronic music.
I am also a recording and mixing engineer, having recorded and mixed everything from solo harp to drum tracks to jazz bands to vocals, even acapella groups.
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Excellent gig with Justin....he gave me lots of room to interpret the song, was quick communicating his ideas and suggestions and was a real pleasure to work with. Can't ask for much more
I worked with Justin Rayna on a couple of projects over the last few years. I must say working with Justin has been fun, energetic and challenging in the best way. He is great at helping you get the most out of your abilities as a musician and artist whether you're working on a personal album, wanting to grow in your song writing, or just bring a different edge to your stage performance as a performer. I have no doubt if you are looking for someone professional and full of experience Justin Rayna is the guy for the job!
Where do I start? Justin Rayna is absolutely incredible. I have a podcast and like to start each episode with audio dramas. Justin Rayna was able to take my vision, scripts, and overall concepts for the audio dramas and bring them to life. He provided different voices, music, sound effects, etc. I was blown away EVERY time and honestly am so grateful for his services. You will not be disappointed with Justin Rayna's work. He is extremely skilled, personable, and flexible. I can't wait to work with him again!
Justin wrote two solo piano compositions for my short film at the University of Southern California. Producing a film with very little dialogue, I relied on Justin’s compositions to portray the story of a struggling dancer. Justin’s music added so much depth, emotion and beauty to the film, and both of his compositions inspired the design, cinematography and choreography of the entire piece. Justin is exceptionally talented and a wonderful collaborator, and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a truly unique composer.
Justin was a remarkable asset when we were mounting a new production and he was able to display a completely other side to his talent, bring that to the table, and enable us to come up with something exciting and completely innovative. It was all his doing, and his skills and versatility were an incredible benefit. It's rare to find someone so adept in so many areas of the field.
Justin never ceases to amaze me with his talent and the skills he possesses ... he has turned his dreams into reality through his integrity and unmatchable work ethic. Proud of you, Justin, and wishing you continued success. As your first employer, I’ve enjoyed watching you through the years! Linda Brown
Justin is EASILY one of the most talented people I have ever met. I have worked with him on a couple projects, (one musical theater, the other a cappella) and he absolutely exceeded my expectations. He truly has an ear for mixing, producing, and creating masterpieces. He is reliable and one of the most hardworking musicians I've had the pleasure of working with. If you want your project to go places, Justin is your guy!
Justin has such an amazing ear for orchestral writing it is unbelievable. He can take any piece of music, regardless at what stage it’s in and add any instrument you want and make it a master piece. I definitely recommend him.
Justin took the bare bones I gave him and filled it out and made it so awesome. And did it like crazy fast too lol definitely recommend Justin.
Justin did my music for my daughter’s floor routine in gymnastics. It was perfect and perfect for her!! The right kind of music and sound she wanted.
Exceeds Expectations, Professional & Timely.
First met Justin when he was orchestrating and choreographing a new contemporary/hip hop blend of a Christmas classic he called, “The Not So Little Drummer Boy.” His ability to generate a fresh sound to a familiar song is genius! Justin does an incredible job of educating the customer as well as listening to specific needs in order to deliver the best product. My company has used his services to edit & orchestrate performance music for over 10 years.