The music of Jon Paul Mayse explores timbre, gesture, symbolism, and the expressive potentials of virtuosity. A former blues guitarist, he came to classical music late in life and taught himself theory and composition at age 22. His Sonata for Cello and Piano and Song of Myself won numerous awards throughout the Midwest before his first composition lessons.
Jon uses the writing process to examine larger concepts such as style and imitation in Tapas, color and sound in Color Studies, and faith in Seven Last Words, Cantata for Cello and Choir, and his String Trio. In his electroacoustic work, Jon employs electronics as an expressive, reactive chamber partner. In Radiance for Bassoon, Max/MSP, and Interactive Lights, the bassoonist controls an installation of stage lights through the sound of the bassoon. Upcoming projects include a setting of the Book of Ruth for soloists and ensemble.
Jon is also the Founder, Artistic Director, and Chief Technologist of the Live/Wire Ensemble and Opera Company, which performs and advocates for electro-acoustic music, dance, and opera.
Jon holds a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Temple University in Philadelphia and is pursuing a Master’s in Music Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.