Biography

ALLISON LEYTON-BROWN

Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, musical director and producer based in New York City. Born in Toronto, Canada, Allison has a degree in Composition and Jazz from Montreal’s Concordia University and a Masters in Music Theater Writing from NYU’s Tisch
School of the Arts. Allison has composed countless original music and sound scores for various media: podcasts, feature films, documentaries, television, theater, opera and dance productions across the world.

Most recently, Allison has been composing scores for various podcasts, including The Horror of Dolores Roach Seasons 1 & 2 (Gimlet Media), Chasing Cosby (Herzog & Co.),Verified (Stitcher), Imposters Seasons 1 & 2 (Transmitter/First Look), Man in the Window (Wondery), Masters of Scale (Wait What), The TED Interview (TED Inc.), The Argument (NY Times), Stranglers (Stitcher), This American Life (NPR), Six Who Sat (ESPN/Transmitter), and more.

Allison has composed songs and scores for various TV programs including Peg+Cat (PBS Kids), The Good Wife (CBS), Dateline NBC, 20/20, and What Would You Do? (ABC). Film credits include dramatic shorts It Had Wings (DCIFF, MSPIFF, Durango Official Selections, Best Original Score Award – Wild Rose IFF), The Bicycle (Cannes, NY Film Fest), Chair (Archipelago/CINE), documentaries Rainy Season (PBS), Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest). Other podcast and media scores include
Stranglers (Stitcher), The Longest Shortest Time (WNYC/Stitcher), Outside the Box (Transmitter Media), and The Room Where It’s Happening (Stitcher).

Recent theatrical credits include music and lyrics for puppet musical Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show (currently touring the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada), Pete the Cat: The Musical, and Pilgrimage to the Mouth (her fifth musical written with librettist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev).

Allison is composer-in-residence for avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five scores including their critically-acclaimed multi-media production The Narrowing. Allison has repeatedly been an artist-in-residence at Duke University and has written five award-winning scores for productions there including Exit the King and 2018’s Dancing at Lughnasa.

Allison works regularly as a producer, arranger, band-leader and recording pianist. Most recently, she musically directed and arranged the score for Stitcher’s popular podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and Fogg Theater’s Bottle Shock: The Musical in California. Other of her numerous M.D. credits include Tennessee Williams: Words and Music – a touring production and CD featuring Alison Fraser, Cedar City Falls – an 8-week theatrical serial written by Liz Tucillo (He’s Just Not that Into You), and the concert of comedian Lewis Black and Rusty Magee’s The Czar of Rock & Roll. (She appears on Lewis Black’s DVD “Stark Raving Black”.)

Allison taught Composition and Music Performance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for nine years and now teaches from her own private studio. She has lectured internationally on her own work and given master classes on Musical Theater and Music Composition in a dramatic context. Allison is on the steering committee of the NY chapter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (The SCL).

Allison has performed with various groups across New York City and the country, at venues from the divey to the posh. She can currently be seen fronting her group The ALB Trio.

PRESS

“Leyton-Brown’s original songs and orchestral music are at times haunting, lush, lyrical, rhythmic… The music really carries the soul of the piece.” – Susan Broili, The Herald-Sun 

“Leyton-Brown’s physical stance at the keyboard comes closer to Joe Strummer than Dr. John, but she’s got skills that would make Mac Rebennack grin that trademark grin.” – J. Hunter, Albany Jazz