Biography

ALLISON LEYTON-BROWN

Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, musical director and producer based in Toronto and New York City. 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, documentaries, feature films, television, theater, opera and dance productions across the world.

Allison is an in-demand composer for podcasts and new audio media, having scored over 25 widely popular podcasts in the past three years alone. Recent projects include Chasing Cosby (Herzog & Co.),Verified (Stitcher), The Horror of Dolores Roach (Gimlet Media), Man in the Window (Wondery – 2020 I Heart Media Award for Best Crime Podcast), This American Life (NPR), Finding Fred (Transmitter Media – Atlantic Magazine’s #1 Podcast of 2019), The Choice (New York Times), TED Talks Daily (TED Inc.), Get WIRED (Condé Nast), The TED Interview (TED Inc.), The Argument (NY Times), Stranglers (Stitcher), Six Who Sat (ESPN – 2019 Webby award People’s Voice Best Sports Podcast), The Longest Shortest Time (WNYC/Stitcher), WorkLife With Adam Grant (TED/Transmitter), The Room Where It’s Happening (Stitcher), and more.

Allison has composed songs and scores for various TV programs including Peg+Cat (PBS Kids – 2016 Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition), Clifford (Amazon/Scholastic), 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 and Manicotti (Archipelago/CINE), documentaries Rainy Season (PBS), Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest).

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 invited as 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 taught Composition and Music Performance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for nine years and now teaches from her own private studio as well as at Sheridan College’s Music Scoring for Screen and Stage Program. She has lectured in the US and Canada on her own work and given master classes on Music Composition in a dramatic context. Allison is on the steering committee of the NY chapter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Allison works regularly as a producer, arranger, band-leader and recording pianist. She has performed with various groups at venues from the divey to the posh. Allison can currently be seen fronting her group The Allison Leyton-Brown 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