Jonathan Grasse, Ph.D.
Title: Professor, Music
Office: LCH A-323
Phone Extension: x2381
Email Username: jgrasse
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Recent Premieres and Performances of Compositions, including scheduled premieres
- May, 2011 The Informal Sector for gamelan and two trombones performed by Harvey Mudd College Gamelan, directed by William Alves. MicroFest music festival, Pomona College
- February, 2011 CSUDH faculty composition recital, CSUDH University Theater. Premiere of The Informal Sector, composed for the Harvey Mudd College Gamelan, directed by William Alves, with two trombones (2010). Premiere of Vaudeville, a site-specific multi-media work for large ensemble, dancers, and film. Premiere of Higher than the Sky, for mezzo-soprano, guitar, and English horn.
- June, 2010 Performance of the trio Five Scenes from the Life of Edward de Vere at the International Double Reed Society’s 39th Annual Conference, University of Oklahoma, performed by Richard Kravchak (double reeds), Peter Yates (arpeggione), and Buzz Gravelle (mandolin).
- March, 2010 Performances of Letters from Brazil at the VII Festival Internacional de Música y Musicología, Ensenada, Mexico. Performance by Richard Kravchak (oboe) and Scott Morris (guitar)
- March, 2010 Performances of Letters from Brazil at the International Concert Series of the American Guitar Society, CSU Northridge. Performance by Richard Kravchak (oboe) and Scott Morris (guitar)
- March, 2010 Performances of Five Scenes from the Life of Edward de Vere at UCLA, and Pomona by R.Kravchak, P. Yates, and B. Gravelle September, Five Scenes from the Life of Edward de Vere, trio for mandolin, 2009 arpeggione, and one player on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn premiered at CSU Dominguez Hills Faculty recital of Richard Kravchak
- June, 2009 Letters from Brazil, oboe and oboe d’amore version, New York City premiere, Manhattan Guitar Society Second Sundays Classical Guitar Concert Series Richard Kravchak and Scott Morris (guitar)
- March, 2009 Letters from Brazil, mandolin and guitar version premiered at UCLA by Buzz Gravelle and Peter Yates (guitar).
- November, 2008 Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano, performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Players, ‘Performing SoCal Composers’ concert. The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (UUCCSM), California
- October, 2008 Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano, New York City premiere as part of the “Here and Now: American Contemporary Music Series”, in a program titled, “Los Angeles Salutes New York: New Chamber Works by the Composers of Southern California”. Bargemusic concerts, Brooklyn, NY. Performed by Richard Kravchak (oboe), Julia Heinen (clarinet), Dmitry Rachmanov (piano)
- September, 2008 Screening of Kianga Ford’s film "Brasilia" (trt 8:04, 16mm, screened on DVD) at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore for the solo show "My Life in Fiction: New and Recent Works by Kianga Ford" . The film includes my music previously recorded original composition Letters from Brazil.
- Summer, 2008 Four Pieces concertized in China and Germany by Scott Morris, solo guitar
- February, 2008 Familiar Songs of the West, for mandolin and guitar. To be premiered by Buzz Gravelle and Peter Yates
- September, 2007 Curfew , for site-specific octet (percussion, French horn, trombone, flute, trumpet, saxophone, voice). SoundWalk, Long Beach
- April, 2007 Letters From Brazil , transcribed for oboe and oboe d'amor. Performed by Richard Kravchak and Scott Morris, guitar (CSU Dominguez Hills)
- February, 2007 Rua Bambuí (2006), for solo guitar. Performed by Peter Yates ( Pomona , UCLA)
- November, 2006 Artist-in-Residence concert, El Camino College, including premieres of four original compositions: Great Moments , Adventures in the Hydrogen Economy , Trio for Electric Guitar, Bass Clarinet, and Double Bass , and Themes of Ritualized Danger and Relaxation
- October, 2006 The Morton Feldman Kitchen, for flute duet. SoundWalk 2006 in Long Beach September,2006 Works in progress performed at Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles . Performed by Surrealestate. Works include Rico's Song and Great Moments
- March, 2006 Scenarios for Five (2001), for mixed quintet. Performed by the Cal State University Los Angeles New Music Ensemble featuring Randy Jones, tuba, conducted by John Kennedy
- January, 2006 Letters from Brazil , for soprano saxophone and guitar, Douglas Masek (saxophone) and James Smith (guitar). James Smith faculty recital, USC
- December, 2005 BH, MG ( Belo Horizonte , Minas Gerais), from Letters from Brazil , for soprano saxophone and guitar (2005). California State University , Dominguez Hills. Premiered by Douglas Masek (saxophone) and James Smith (guitar)
- December, 2005 Meditations on Cervantes , digital soundscape. Composed for Don Quixote symposium hosted by CSU, Dominguez Hills Foreign Languages Department
- November, 2005 Scenarios for Five (2001), for mixed quintet. Performed by the Cal State University Los Angeles New Music Ensemble conducted by John Kennedy
- June, 2005 Music for 13+7 plus one , a four-hour cycle of site-specific music and dance performed at the Fran k Gehry-designed Edgemar complex in Santa Monica , California . Collaboration with choreographer Kristen Smiarowski .
- May, 2005 Astral Burlesque (chamber orchestra version, 2005), premiered by the Pori Sinfonietta of Pori, Finland.
- February, 2005 Western Dog Chain , Line Space Line series, Downtown Los Angeles. Performed by Surrealestate.
- January, 2005 Structured improvisations Western Dog Chain, Temporary Walnut Sounds , and Giggling Neptune (all 2004). Premiered by the ensembles Surrealestate and SoNu at the concert Jonathon Grasse: Artist-in-Residence. Robert Haag Theater, El Camino College , Torrance , CA
- February, 2003 Aubades, Diurnes, and Nocturnes , for guitar duet (2003). Elgart- 2004 Yates duo. Chambermusic@ucla series, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA.
- May, 2003 Music for Water, Tree, Stone, digital soundscape (2003). Dance music for choreographer Parijat Desai, Skirball Cultural Center 's Sitewor k series, Los Angeles . Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times
- April, 2003 Themes of Literacy and Denial , for solo percussion and digital soundscape (2002-2003). UCLA Faculty Composers Concert, Don Nichols , percussion, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
- April, 2002 Flutations , for flute quartet (2001). Los Angeles Flute Quartet. UCLA Faculty Composers Concert Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
- April, 2000 The Celestina Fragments , for percussion octet (1999-2000). The UCLA Percussion Ensemble, Mitchell Peters, director. Schoenberg Hall, UCLA. Listen to "Inside the Windmill," an excerpt form the third movement of The Celestina Fragments