ABOUT ME

Joy Ngiaw is a Chinese-Malaysian film composer based in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, she composed for Apple Original Films and Skydance's debut animation, Blush, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Mateo and executive produced by John Lasseter. Other recent scores include Walt Disney Animation Studios short films - Jing Hua, VR animated short A Kite's Tale, and Netflix's feature film June and Kopi

 

Joy's score to film Fish Head was awarded Best Original Score at Asians On Film Festival 2020. She had also contributed to a wide variety of critically acclaimed works including TV shows Legion (FX), Cobra Kai (Netflix), The Night Of (HBO), films Impractical Jokers: The Movie (WarnerMedia), On The 12th Date of Christmas (Hallmark), and video games What Remains of Edith Finch.

A summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music’s Film Scoring and Video Game Scoring diploma, Joy was one of the few composers selected to participate in the SESAC SCORES workshop under the direction of Christophe Beck (Frozen, Ant-Man), Chris Bacon (Men In Black: International) and John Swihart (Napoleon Dynamite).

Joy's love for storytelling, and connecting with people has lead her to film scoring. Her goal as an artist is to help contribute to meaningful and culturally relevant content that celebrates diversity.

By Jerry Huynh
 
 

TestimonialS

Jerry Huynh

director of Disney's

"Jing Hua"

Joy was the collaborator of my dreams and understood the project from the get go and then went even further to understand me and it even more. She went beyond what I could have possibly imagined and created music that elevates the project from an emotional experiment to something else entirely different. Her professionalism, her support, and her musical prowess are amazing to behold and I am lucky to have worked with her.  

Bruce Wright

director of Disney's

"A Kite's Tale"

In an animated short, especially one without dialog, the music must be the voice of the characters. Every moment of emotional clarity relies greatly on the score. Joy understands how to create that beating heart of the film through her music. She brought her skill to this project with the utmost professionalism, and was a true creative partner. Joy's music carries the emotions of our film aloft and gives the characters voice. We are grateful for her collaboration.

Matthew Gratzner

emmy-nominated visual effects supervisor,

director of "Mutiny!"

Joy’s score for Mutiny! not only complimented the picture, but elevated every moment magnificently.  Joy's writing and her intricately layered orchestrations blew me away every time she sent me a new cue.  I am truly fortunate to have had such an immensely talented collaborator, who understood the tone and feel of every scene.  To say that I was thrilled to what Joy brought to my film creatively, would be an understatement.  

Marcos Durian

director of award-winning short film

"Fish Head"

Joy was the collaborator of my dreams and understood the project from the get go and then went even further to understand me and it even more. She went beyond what I could have possibly imagined and created music that elevates the project from an emotional experiment to something else entirely different. Her professionalism, her support, and her musical prowess are amazing to behold and I am lucky to have worked with her.  

Jamie Lang

Variety review of

"Jing Hua"

(Ngiaw's) sweeping score and ambitious action shots tore at the audiences heart strings with no need for dialogue as, the woman in the film uses martial arts to battle intense feelings of loss and grief reflecting Huynh’s (director) own.