Jonathon Grasse, Ph.D.Jonathon Grasse, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
LCH A325
(310) 243-2382
Office Hours: Fall 2017
Wednesday 10pm-2pm

Composer and ethnomusicologist Jonathon Grasse received his Ph.D. from UCLA in music composition with the cognate in ethnomusicology. He taught there in the music and ethnomusicology departments from 1999-2005. His 2012 composition “Triptych” for string trio won the 2012 American Composers Forum - LA Chapter competition. In 2011, his CD of original works Chamber Music was released by Centaur Records. Jonathon’s compositions have been performed throughout California, and in New York, Europe, China, and Mexico. He has received grants from the American Composers Forum. An electric guitarist specializing in solo and group improvisation, he has performed, recorded, and composed for the Los Angeles area ensembles Surrealestate, Decisive Instant, and Medicine Show. His fieldwork in Minas Gerais, Brazil focuses on regional identity, Afro-mineiro traditions, and the Clube da Esquina popular music movement. He is currently writing a book on music from that region. His publications include articles and reviews on Brazilian music topics, and a book chapter on American composer Lou Harrison’s works for Indonesian-inspired gamelan.