Jonathan Grasse, Ph.D.
Title: Professor, Music
Office: LCH A-323
Phone Extension: x2381
Email Username: jgrasse
Show All Publications Published Recordings (performer and/or composer) Presentations Recent Premieres and Performances of Compositions, including scheduled premieres Ethnomusicological Fieldwork and Research in Brazil (documentation/archival/study) Awards & Grants
- 2008 Review of Lorraine Leu's book Brazilian Popular Music: Caetano Veloso and the Regeneration of Tradition (Ashgate, 2006) in Notes, the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association (63:4, June 2007)
- 2008 “Brazilian Popular Music and the Guitar in the Early Life of Heitor Villa-Lobos,” in Soundboard, journal of the Guitar Foundation of America (34/3)
- 2006 "Review of Bryan McCann's book Hello-Hello Brazil." Journal of Popular Music Studies (18.3, December ‘06)
- 2004 “Conflation and Conflict in Brazilian Film Music,” Popular Music , 23/3, 2004
- 2003 “Perspectives on Brazilian Popular Music: MC Orpheu and Pluralismo,” Musical Cultures of Latin America : Global Effects, Past and Present. Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, volume XI. Los Angeles : UCLA Ethnomusicology Department
- 1999 “Historical Field Recordings from Brazil :' Endangered Music' as Roots of National Idioms,” in Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. Los Angeles : UCLA Ethnomusicology Department
- 1998 “The Gamelan Ideal: Imagined, Imported, Invented,” a chapter co-authored with Fred Lieberman and Leta Miller in Lou Harrison: Composing a World . New York : Oxford University Press (reprinting by Illinois University Press, 2004)
Published Recordings (performer and/or composer)
- 2011 Music CD of original compositions titled Jonathon Grasse: Chamber Music, Centaur Records
- 2010 Music CD, Surrealestate ensemble (Jonathon Grasse, electric guitar) titled Lacunae Acoustic Levitation Records
- 2009 Music CD titled California Oboe includes Letters from Brazil, for oboe and oboe d’amore, recorded by Richard Kravchak (oboe) and Scott Morris (guitar), Centaur Records
- 2008 Composer. Letters from Brazil , transcribed for oboe and oboe d'amor for (tba) a compilation CD produced by Dr. Richard Kravcha k and CSUDH (Scott Morris, guitar) 2007 Composer. Letters from Brazil recorded by Douglas Mase k , saxophone, and James Smith, guitar. TBA Centaur Records.
- 2005 Composer/performer, electric guitar. Western Dog Chain . Performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc accompanying the SoundWal k festival catalog ( Long Beach ), 2005. Produced by Flood.
- 2002 Performer, electric guitar. “Sunyata: i. Vacio ii. Sonidos iii. Sol” by Cristian Amigo. Performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc Cristian Amig LA Live Sessions/Volume 1 (Big As Records)
- 2001 Composer. “Like a Zebra Toward the Islands of Yesterday” for solo percussion. Performed by Gustavo Aguilar on the compact disc Looking for Aztlan (Acoustic Levitation). Listen to a sound clip by clicking here.
- 2000 Composer/Performer. “Six Circles: In Memory of Alfred Schnittke” for indeterminate instruments; and “Difference Tones” performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc Contrafactum (Acoustic Leviation)
- 2000 Co-Composer/Performer. “In Reaction to Octavian Nemescu” performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc Bad Times Ahead For Me included with Bananafish magazine
- 1999 Performer, electric guitar. “Contrafactum in the Spirit of John Sheppard” performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc included with Resonanace magazine, vol. 7, no. 2. Published by London Musicians' Collective. Ltd.
- 1999 Performer, electric guitar. “Ants Eating Through Brick ”. Performed by Surrealestate on the compact disc Robert Reigle : The Marriage of Heaven and Earth (Acoustic Levitation)
- March, 2011 Guest Speaker, SOKA University, Laguna Niguel, CA “Music in Minas Gerais, Brazil”
- October, 2010 Guest lecturer at UC Riverside, Department of Music Wednesday@Noon series. “Regional Identity in Music from Minas Gerais, Brazil”
- May, 2010 Faculty member presentation, Institute for the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, University of Colorado at Boulder. Papers include topics on world music theory, Brazilian rhythm, and adaptations of Indonesian gamelan techniques by American composers
- March, 2010 Presenter, Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawaii Chapter, Claremont College. “Championing devotional music in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais: African-Brazilian congado in an urban festival”
- March, 2010 Presenter, College Music Society Pacific Southwest chapter meeting, CSU Dominguez Hills. “Championing devotional music in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais: African-Brazilian congado in an urban festival”
- February, 2009 Presenter, Symposium on 21st-Century Music, San Francisco State University. Revisiting Lou Harrison’s Works for American Gamelan Featuring Western Instruments
- February, 2009 Presenter, Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawaii Chapter, UCLA: Revisiting Lou Harrison’s Works for American Gamelan Featuring Western Instruments
- April, 2008 Program Committee member, International Association for the Study of Popular Music international conference (IASPM), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Panel chair “Music in the World (Wide Web)”
- March, 2008 Panel participant, “The Relevance of the Current Curriculum to Today’s Students”. College Music Society Super-Regional Conference, Pacific Central-Pacific Southern Chapters, Westmont College, Santa Barbara
- March, 2008 Presenter, Experiencing Villa-Lobos, An International Festival , Virginia Commonwealth University : “The Popular Music Milieu of Heitor Villa- Lobos' Brazil ”
- October, 2007 Presenter, Guitar Foundation of America , CSU Dominguez Hills: “The Popular Music Milieu of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Brazil ”
- May 2007 Presenter/co-founder, Institute for the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, University of Colorado , Boulder : “Four Aspects of World Music Theory,” and “An Approach to ‘Complex Rhythm' Pedagogy Using Traditional Brazilian Percussion”
- November, 2006 Presenter, Society for Ethnomusicology national conference, Hawaii : “The ‘ Minas Sound ' of Belo Horizonte : Regional Consciousness and Popular Music in the Brazilian ‘70s” on the panel titled ‘Hard Slap' Roc k Music and Politics in the Americas
- November, 2005 Presenter for roundtable on Ethnomusicology and the Uundergraduate Curriculum, Society for Ethnomusicology conference, Atlanta , GA
- June, 2005 Presenter, Institute for the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, University of Colorado, Boulder.
- March, 2005 Colloquium presenter, University of Colorado , Boulder Music Department: “Four essential aspects of world music theory”
- December, 2004 Presenter, Federal University , Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte , Brazil . “Ethnomusicology and avant-garde aesthetics,” followed by the premiere of the digital soundscape album Impossible Wind Miniatures . Events coordinated and hosted by Mauricio Loureiro, chair, graduate music program, UFMG.
- November, 2004 “Modal Implications in Lou Harrison's Early Work s for American Gamelan,” College Music Society national conference, San Francisco , CA
- November, 2004 “Modal Implications in Lou Harrison's Early Work s for American Gamelan,” accepted to the Society for Ethnomusicology national conference, Tuscon , AZ
- November, 2003 “World Music Theory for Composers,” presented to the University of Southern California (USC) Composition Forum
- October, 2003 “Four Essentials of World Music Theory,” Society for Ethnomusicology/College Music Society joint conference ‘Cultural Crossroads' Miami , FL
- October, 2002 “World Music Theory for Undergraduate Music Majors,” Society or Ethnomusicology, Estes Par k , CO
- March, 2002 “Conflation and Conflict in Brazilian Film Music,” College Music Society Pacific Chapter, California Polytechnic University , Pomona , CA
- February, 2002 “Conflation and Conflict in Brazilian Film Music,” Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California Chapter, Claremont College , Claremont , CA
- July, 2001 “The Ethnomusicological Juncture in Western Concert Music: Problems in Semiotics and Cross-Cultural Composition,” 36 th International Council for Traditional Music, Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
- November, 2000 “Ethnomusicological Junctures in New Music: American Gamelan Music and Adaptive Appropriation in Cross-Cultural Composition,” Waging Peace through Crosscultural Collaboration, University of Oregon , Eugene , OR
- April, 2000 “Afro-Brazilian Music and Congada: Historical Dynamics of Luso-African Cultural Roots,” 23rd Symposium on Portuguese Traditions, UCLA
- May, 1999 “DJ Orpheu: Perspectives on Brazilian Rap and Urban Popular Music,” Musical Cultures of Latin America : Global Effects, Past and Present. An interdisciplinary conference at UCLA
- December, 1998 “Musical Change and Creativity at the End of the 20 th -Century,” Change and Creativity series, Keio University , Yokohama , Japan
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
Ethnomusicological Fieldwork and Research in Brazil (documentation/archival/study)
- June-July, 2006, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais Interview with Lô Borges; videography of traditional Festa Junina musical troupe; videography of live choro ensemble as presented in the Festival Inverno (UFMG); videography of A Cia Dança Bata k a (Bata k a Dance Company) and the Irmandade de Os Arturos de Contagem both presented in Belo Horizonte as part of the 2006 Festival de Arte Negra (FAN)
- December-January, 2002-03, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and Salvador , Bahia Interviews, photographic documentation of popular and liturgical musics
- December-January, 1999-2000, Belo Horizonte/Contagem, MG Visit to the Comunidade Os Arturos for rehearsals, interviews, and photographic documentation of congado and moçambique rehearsals
- June-August, 1995, Discoteca Oneyda Alvarenga, São Paulo (Oneyda Alvarenga municipal music archive of the city of São Paulo ) Meeting with Jose Eduardo Azevedo for Ry k odisc/Library of Congress CD project. This wor k ac k nowledged in CD liner notes to The Library of Congress/Endangered Music Project: The Discoetca Collection, Missão de Pesquisas Folclóricas (RCD 10403, 1997)
- December-January, 1992-93, Belo Horizonte , MG Municipal library/archive search for congado materials; interview with regional historian Waldmir Barbosa
Awards & Grants
- May, 2007 CSU Dominguez Hills Travel Grant for presenting at the Institute for the Pedagogies of World Music Theories
- December, 2006 American Composers Forum-San Francisco/LA Subito Grant, for assistance with Artist-in-Residence concert, El Camino College Performance Series
- November, 2006 CSU Dominguez Hills Travel Grant for presenting at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference, Hawaii
- November, 2005 CSU Dominguez Hills Travel Grant for presenting at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference, Atlanta
- June, 2005 UCLA, Professional Development Award for presenting at the Institute for the Pedagogies for World Music Theories
- May, 2005 American Composers Forum- Los Angeles , Subito Grant for copying costs associated with the Finnish premiere of Astral Burlesque
- April, 2003 American Composers Forum- Los Angeles , Subito Grant for professional recording of Flutations
- October, 1997 UCLA, University Fellowship and Registration Grant for doctoral studies,
- August, 1996 UCLA, University Fellowship for doctoral studies
- June, 1996 UCLA, Registration Grant for doctoral studies