Award-winning composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Isak Gaines is an artist who has embraced a broad array of styles and influences. His chamber pieces have received international attention. His jazz compositions have been featured in Downbeat Magazine. His sample-based music has been featured on releases by Inner Ocean Records. His saxophone playing has brought him to some of the biggest stages of Europe, South America, and the United States.
Born and raised in Seattle, Isak moved to New York in 2014 to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It was there he connected with his greatest mentor - Grammy award winning producer Robert Sadin - under whose oversight he wrote and recorded his first major chamber and orchestral pieces. In Summer 2018, Isak was invited to participate in the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague, where he won the special prize for Best Chamber Music. He continues to compose chamber and orchestral music, as well as producing sample-heavy electronic and electroacoustic music, with a number of projects. After graduating, he relocated to Philadelphia where, along with frequent returns to New York, he is currently active. He is a member of Philadelphia-based noise pop band Cocordion, as well as New York-based experimental folk project Belaver.