29 January 2016
One Bright Morning (US Premiere) performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (Roosevelt University, Chicago), Tim Weiss conducting.
9 December 2015
One Bright Morning (Preview) performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Tim Weiss conducting.
7 December 2015
SONATA, for flute & guitar (WORLD PREMIERE) performed by Duo Damiana (Molly Barth & Dieter Hennings) in Madison, WI.
27 October 2015
Leda Monologue performed by saxophonist Andrew Allen at Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, Texas)
12 October 2015
Leda Monologue performed by saxophonist Andrew Allen at the NACWPI National Convention (Sioux Falls, SD)
12-17 September 2015
Jones in residence at Aldeburgh Music for World Premiere of The Rehearsal, a 15-minute chamber opera in one act for three soprano voices, clarinet, piano, violin, & cello, libretto by Richard Scott.
28 August 2015
ABRAXAS performed by the Argento Chamber Ensemble at the University of South Carolina (Southern Exposure), Michel Galante conducting
14 August 2015
Jones begins Assistant Professorship at the University of Georgia
28 July—9 August 2015
Jones mandolinist in residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, playing George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children & Mahler: Symphony No.8
13 July 2015
Saxophonist Andrew Allen gives world premiere of Leda Monologue, for solo alto saxophone, at the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, France).
10 July 2015
Soprano Tony Arnold gives World Premiere of “One bright morning…”, for soprano and mixed ensemble (Maccagno, Italy).
3-16 July 2015
Jones composer in residence at the SoundSCAPE Music Festival and Exchange, Maccagno, Italy. Margaret, Ephemera, Los ninos, & Ricordanza performed by students and faculty.
10-13 June 2015
Jones visiting composer at Mise-en Music Festival 2015 (US Premiere of ABRAXAS given by Ensemble Mise-en) in New York City.
15 May 2015
Nocturne for Solo Piano: pianist Marc Peloquin plays at the Keyed Up Music Project in New York.
1-28 May 2015
Jones in residence at the Willapa Bay Air Artists Colony in Oysterville, Washington.
12 April 2015
Margaret performed at Morgan Library, New York City, as part of Dawn Upshaw’s First Songs Concert
29 March 2015
In Dulcet Tones, Onomatopoetic goes to Landrum, South Carolina, Hunter/Schwartchkopff
20 March 2015
The lone and level sands… : performed by the Spokane Symphony under Morihiko Nakahara in Spokane, WA.
15-22 March 2015
Jones in residence at Aldeburgh Music (Session II: Jerwood Opera Writing Programme), Snape Maltings, England.
5 March 2015
Los ninos: for soprano and guitar, performed in Syracuse, NY, by Kenneth Meyer and (Singer)
23 February 2015
Four Scenes, for saxophone & percussion (world premiere), Cliff Leaman & Scott Herring at USC.
19 February 2015
Jones presents his music at the University of New Mexico
11 February 2015
Fuga a 3 voci: Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Rebecca Nagel (english horn), & Mike Harley (bassoon) @ USC (world premiere)
29-31 January 2015
Jones records Harmonies poétiques et religieuses with soprano Sharon Harms & Ensemble Recherche (Freiburg, Germany).
23 January 2015
Ephemera performed in Greenville, NC (East Carolina University) by Xak Bjerken (North Carolina New Music Initiative)
15 January 2015
Threshold: tenor Zach Finkelstein with the Argento Chamber Ensemble at the Armory in NY.
1 January 2015
Guggenheim Fellowship (year-long fellowship begins).
16-23 November 2014
In residence at Aldeburgh Music: Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, Snape Maltings, England
14 November 2014
NONAMENO, performed at Bates College by the Momenta String Quartet and the Bates College Gamelan
9 November 2014
Mandolin/Bass recital with Craig Butterfield, University of South Carolina School of Music (Bach & original compositions)
6 November 2014
Four Scenes (WORLD PREMIERE) performed by saxophonist Cliff Leaman & percussionist Scott Herring, University of South Carolina School of Music
18 October 2014
“…neither am I a bloodless angel” (EAST COAST PREMIERE) performed by cellist Jeff Zeigler & pianist David Riley at the Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester NY.
6 October 2014
Through the Veil performed by the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Jamie Jordan, Jane Sheldon, & Sarah Brailey (amplified sopranos), conducted by Scott Weiss
28 September 2014
US Premiere of In Dulcet Tones as part of Onomatopoetic — Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible, a collaboration with the Trenholm Artists Guild — University of South Carolina School of Music, Recital Hall
7 September 2014
World Premiere of Trio, for Mandolin, Violin, & Contrabass, Jesse Jones, mandolin; Rebecca Hunter, violin; Craig Butterfield, bass — Cornelia Freeman Series, University of South Carolina School of music Recital Hall
4 September 2014
Jones announces winners of Onomatopoetic — Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible, a collaboration with the Trenholm Artists Guild — Certus Bank, Columbia, South Carolina
1 July — 21 July 2014
Jones in residence at Tanglewood as mandolinist for the Festival of Contemporary Music
6 July 2014
World Premiere of So Eden Sank to Griefin Seiji Ozawa Hall by Tanglewood Fellows, conducted by Karina Canellakis
24 April 2014
Jones awarded a reading with the New York Philharmonic under the auspices of the EarShot New Music Readings program of the American Composers Orchestra. Jones’s newest orchestral work, “…innumerable stars, scattered in clusters” will be read on June 3rd.
23 April 2014 (8pm)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center): the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
10 April 2014
Jones awarded 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for the creation of a new two-act opera, Martin Eden.
20 & 27 March 2014
Syracuse & Ithaca, New York: pianist Xak Bjerken gives world premiere of Jones’s solo piano piece, “Ephemera”
16 March 2014 (3pm)
Albuquerque, New Mexico: the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
23 February 2014
Jones awarded Creative and Performing Arts Grant from the University of South Carolina (to partially fund the recording of an all-Jones CD with the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin)
21 February 2014
Eugene, Oregon: Jeff Zeigler & David Riley give world premiere of Jones’s “…neither am I a bloodless angel”
Jones receives Tanglewood Wind Commission
Thailand: violinist Rebecca Hunter & pianist Lynn Kompass give world premiere of In Dulcet Tones (Payap University, in Chiang Mai)
Juilliard String Quartet takes Jones’s “Whereof man cannot speak…” on tour through Denmark, Germany, & the Netherlands (10 performances in various venues, including Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw)
21 November 2013 (8pm)
Alice Tully Hall: the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
30 October 2013
El Paso, TX: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
26 – 28 October 2013
Carmel, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
13 October 2013 (8pm)
Louisville, KY: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
11 October 2013 (8pm)
Indianapolis, IN: the Juilliard String Quartet gives world premiere of Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”
31 August 2013
Jones begins Assistant Professorship at the University of South Carolina
September 2012 —August 2013
Jones in residency at the American Academy in Rome as Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow
29 May 2013
- Alter Ego—Villa Aurelia (Rome)—Harmoneis poétiques et religieuses, with Sharon Harms (soprano) and Jesse Jones (conductor) & Kenneth Meyer—Ricordanza & Sharon Harms—Margaret, Jesse Jones (piano)
26 May 2013
- Sharon Harms (soprano) & Kenneth Meyer (guitar)—American Academy in Rome—Los niños
17 May 2013
- Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—St. Matthäus-Kirche (Berlin, Germany)—ABRAXAS, Jesse Jones (conductor)
17 April 2013
- Kenneth Meyer—UNLV (Las Vegas, NV)—Ricordanza
13 April 2013
- Kenneth Meyer—Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza
7 April 2013
- Kenneth Meyer—Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza
6 April 2013
- Kenneth Meyer—Hochstein School Auditorium (Rochester, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza
1 April 2013
- Pulse Chamber Ensemble—Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Symphony Space, NY)—Unisono
30 March 2013
- Kenneth Meyer—Carrier Theater (Syracuse, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza
9 March 2013
- Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—Villa Aurelia (Rome)—ABRAXAS (Jesse Jones conducting) & Bach Englische Suite Transcription & Snippet Variations
8 March 2013
- Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—Villa Aurelia (Rome) — Seesaws
18 November 2012
- Various performers—Villa Aurelia (Rome) as part of “Nuova Consonanza”—Nocturne & Night Music
22 October 2012
- Pulse Chamber Ensemble—Villa Aurelia (Rome) as part of “Nuovi spazi musicali”—Unisono
20 October 2012
- counter(induction—Washington Square Contemporary Music Society (Manhattan)—Snippet Variations
8 August 2012
- Open End Ensemble—Copenhagen (Denmark)—Four Bagatelles
1 August 2012
Jones is commissioned by the Juilliard String Quartet to write a 20-30 minute piece for their 2013-14 season
“I am thrilled and honored to compose a piece for the Juilliard String Quartet. The depth of their knowledge and devotion to music, old and new, as well as the intent, urgency, and authority with which they play it, has inspired me since my youth. Much of what I love in music I first discovered in JSQ recordings, and so I take this commission very seriously.
I am especially excited to work again with Joseph Lin, who, through repeat performances of my violin concerto (For a Faded Mind), has championed my music for several years now. Joseph has inspired me again and again with his masterful playing (especially of Bach), and the care and thought he gives to each note has caused me to rethink my approach to composition. I am certain my friendship with Joseph will play an important role in the piece I write for the JSQ.
The piece will have five movements, each referencing a certain poetic text, and will explore the spiritual and literal dimensions of religious mysticism and symbolism, as embodied in certain poetry: Yeats, Aquinas, Lamartine, etc. To achieve this, I intend to wed musical aspects of these texts with luminous microtonal harmonies, in hopes to create a sonic embodiment of their unspoken, spiritual “meaning.” In other words, I intend to create a sounding board from which the sentiments of the texts, without actually being spoken, can freely resonate in the listener. For this I plan to transcribe and orchestrate samples of the human voice—inflected speech, sighs, and song—so that the music flows directly from the sinew of genuine human expression.”
– Jesse Jones
Listen to excerpts of Joseph Lin playing Jones’s violin concerto, “For a Faded Mind,” with the Camerata Notturna:
27 April 2012
15 March 2012
Jones is appointed Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina. He will be joining the faculty there in the Fall of 2013
20 October 2011
27 June – 17 August 2011
30 April 2011
6 March 2011
18 August 2010