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Jason Eckardt

Kerhonkson, NY   

Jason Eckardt played guitar in jazz and metal bands until, upon first hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. Since then, his music has been influenced by his interests in perceptual complexity, the physical and psychological dimensions of performance, political activism, and the natural world. He has been recognized through commissions from Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, the Guggenheim Museum, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer/The New York State Music Fund, the Oberlin Conservatory, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fondation Royaumont, the MacDowell and Millay Colonies, the Fritz Reiner Center, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust; and awards from the League/ISCM, Deutschen Musikrat-Stadt Wesel, the Aaron Copland Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, ASCAP, the University of Illinois, and Columbia University. Eckardt’s music has been heard on festivals including the Festival d’Automne á Paris, Darmstadt, IRCAM-Resonances, the ISCM World Music Days, Musica Strasbourg, Voix Nouvelles, Musik im 20. Jahrhundert, Currents in Musical Thought-Seoul, and the International Bartók Festival. An active promoter of new music, Eckardt is a co-founder and served as the Executive Director of Ensemble 21, the contemporary music group in New York City. Mode has released two portrait CDs, “Out of Chaos” and “Undersong.” A third portrait CD, “Subject,” will be released by Tzadik in May 2015. Additional recordings have been released on the CRI, Albany, Helicon, Capstone, Innova, Amp, Revello, and Metier labels. His complete catalog is published by Carl Fischer. Eckardt teaches composition at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and Brooklyn College and lives in the Catskill Mountains.

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Articles April 17 2019 | By Jason Eckardt
Do you need a doctorate in composition?

There is value in attending a graduate program in composition, but it is not a panacea for career advancement and future job security. It is wise to consider what one...