Jonathon Grasse is a composer, ethnomusicologist, and electric guitarist based in Los Angeles.
Recent recordings include "Chamber Music" (Centaur Records, 2012) and "Phantomwise" (Acoustic Levitation,2012). His string trio "Triptych" won the 2013 American Composers Forum-Los Angeles chapter competition. The CD "Chamber Music" includes "Flutations" for flute quartet, "Five Scenes from the Life of Edward de Vere" for double reeds, mandolin, and arpeggione,, "Rua Bambui" for solo guitar, "Letters from Brazil" for soprano saxophone and guitar, "Impossible Miniatures" (digital soundscapes), and "Temporary Walnut Sounds" for mixed improvisation ensemble.
"Phantomwise" is a CD of improvisations featuring Emily Hay (flute/voice), Tom Steck (drums), Cristian Amigo (guitar), Gustavo Aguilar (drums). Jonathon leads a new quartet called The Native Plant Society in a CD of improvisations titled "Alphabet Mountain" to be released in late 2013.
Jonathon's "Time Garden/Afternoon Polyphonies" in December, 2011. The work for oboe, viola, and piano premiered in March, 2012 at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
His February 2011 faculty recital at CSU Dominguez Hills included the premiere of a work for American gamelan and two trombones "The Informal Sector", later performed in May, 2011 at Los Angeles's MicroFest.
His structured improvisation for large ensemble "Zusammengehorigeitskgefuhl" premiered July 5th, 2013 at the Electric Lodge's High Voltage series in Venice, CA. Jonathon conducted the premiere, and plays guitar for the ensemble, Decisive Instant.
His past work on guitar and in composing structured improvisation with the Los Angeles-based improvisation ensemble Surrealestate is documented on three CDs:
Aporias (2011); Lacunae (2010); and Contrafactum (2000).