Arpeggio (James Hayden Gallagher) is a music producer, songwriter, composer, and classically trained cellist living in Philadelphia, PA. He began playing the cello at age four and as a twelve year old was accepted into Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians, studying under Metta Watts. An amateur classical composer through high school, it was not until his time at Middlebury College that he began exploring the realm of electronic music. Having been dubbed the "Bach of electronic dance" (Jon Gordon, former musical director for Suzanne Vega and Madonna), Jay draws from and combines his classical roots with cutting-edge sound design and production techniques to create detailed and lively compositions. He also holds a certificate in Algorithmic Electronic Music from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Jay's portfolio includes work for independent films, commercials, licensing libraries, dance competitions, radio jingles, and recording artists, both locally and internationally. His music has sat atop charts on highly regarded online music communities, such as Broadjam and Reverbnation, and in 2013 he was awarded grand prize in the Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest, an annual international competition. Since 2012 he has also achieved finalist and semifinalist placements in other prestigious events such as the UK Songwriting Contest, International Songwriting Competition, and others. In 2016 Jay was ranked the #1 dance artist in Philadelphia by Reverbnation.com.