Jon Forshee FranceI am a composer of Modern concert music for acoustic instruments, electro-acoustic instruments, and mixed ensembles consisting of both (and often more!). One of my driving passions is the search for and discovery of exciting and engaging musical experiences: as an active composer and musical researcher, this passion has introduced many computer music techniques and digital signal processing procedures into my creative practice. My musicological research has resulted in years of transcriptions of musical works ranging from ancient China to West Africa (and elsewhere), and these too have become central (consciously or not) to the thinking in many of my recent compositions.

I also write, circulate, and publish articles and texts on a variety of musical subjects, ranging from early speculative studies in Music to contemporary musical aesthetics to analyses of computer music compositions. While many of my articles are formatted for scholarly research, many of my texts are overtly expressive of my artistic and musical concerns of the time.

I studied composition with Anthony Davis at UCSD (University of California, San Diego), where I completed my Ph.D. in Composition with the dissertation “How Music Travels: the Opera Blood, Hunger, Child” under Davis’ direction. I earned my M.A. in composition at the Eastman School of Music, and completed my Bachelor of Music at Bowling Green State University. I have also lived in Paris, France, where I attended classes at the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

My full C.V. may be downloaded as a pdf here.