Photograph of Jon Forshee

I am a composer of Modern concert music for acoustic instruments, electro-acoustic instruments, and mixed ensembles consisting of both. 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 transcription practices into my creative practice. My research into the music of other cultures has resulted in years of transcriptions of musical works ranging from ancient China to West Africa (and elsewhere), and these have become a central feature of many recent compositions.

My articles and texts on a variety of musical subjects, ranging from early speculative studies in music to contemporary musical aesthetics and analyses of computer music compositions, appear in The Computer Music Journal, Perspectives of New Music, and in other places online and in print. While many articles are formatted for scholarly research, many texts are overtly expressive of my artistic and musical concerns. I am also a co-editor and contributor to the inimitable OPEN SPACE MAGAZINE (Benjamin Boretz, editor) and, with poet Dorota Czerner and composer Dean Rosenthal, of  The OPEN SPACE WEBMAG.

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, where I attended the courses at the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

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

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