Michael Jones is a percussionist and improviser based in Southern California. His work focuses on championing new pieces of the 21st century as well as works from the 20th century avant-garde. Composers he has worked closely with include David Macbride, Michael Pisaro, Kevin Good, and Matt Sargent among others. He has performed at the LA Philharmonic’s Noon-to-Midnight Festival, The Other Minds Festival, The Dog Star Orchestra Festival, The Hartford New Music Festival, and the Vernon Salon Series.
He’s completed residencies at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), The Nief Norf Summer Festival (Tennessee), and others. He’s appeared in the past as a member of the Hartford New Music Collective, the Other Minds Ensemble, and the William Winant Percussion Group. He regularly performs with red fish blue fish, the resident percussion ensemble at the University of Calfornia, San Diego.
As a performer of non-Western music, Michael has performed percussion music from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and West Africa, studying with Rogerio Boccato, John Amira, Joe Galeota, and Shane Shanahan. In 2013 he completed study in Ghana at the Dagara Music Center (Medie) and the Dagbe Cultural Center (Kopeyia) where he studied Dagara, Ewe, Asante, and Dagomba music.
Michael received Bachelor’s degrees in both Performance and Music Management from The Hartt School / University of Hartford where he studied with Benjamin Toth. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego under the guidance of Steven Schick.
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