Jay Multanen aka “JayMul,” brings an eclectic musical background to all of his creative pursuits. JayMul performs various jazz concerts in and around Idaho and is a member the rock band Interstate. He plays in The Ringtones and also helped launch the band Soul Serene, which he still plays in. A member of the International Musicians League, Jay also plays with the Diamond Empire Band. Multanen is adjunct faculty at Boise State University as well as College of Idaho teaching Jazz and Bass.
With enthusiasm for music at an early age, he began playing piano and violin growing up in Boise, Idaho. Soon followed by the guitar and electric bass. Focusing on the string bass he continued his study of classical music, also falling in love with Jazz, and the world of Rock and Popular music.
Jay took his musical endeavors to Portland, Oregon where he played in the renowned band Genesis under director Dave Barduhn. Here, he performed and shared the stage with the likes of such jazz heavyweights as Jeff Hamilton, Kevin Mahogany, Curtis Stigers and Nancy King. As a member of Genesis, Multanen received three Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards.
Soon JayMul ventured to Los Angeles in creative pursuit of freelance music and studio work. In 2006 Jay was recognized as a John Coltrane Foundation Scholar. The late Alice Coltrane awarded a grant to Multanen and he was able to study with esteemed Jazz Legend and composer/arranger John Clayton Jr. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008 while attending the University of California.
JayMul loves to play music. Contact him to play on your next album and stay tuned for various upcoming releases as well as staying caught up with exciting concerts, festivals and performances.