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Christopher Wendell Jones is a composer of intricately designed music that explores issues of identity, memory, and time in distinctive, unconventional ways. Jones has presented his music in performances and lectures nationally and internationally at venues including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in Germany, the Ictus International Composition Seminar in Brussels, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, Merkin Hall in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has collaborated with a broad range of artists, such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Callithumpian Consort, the sfSoundGroup, the Fonema Consort, Earplay, guitarist Magnus Andersson, violinists Janet Sung and Mark Menzies, pianist Ann Yi, flautist Lisa Cella, and poet Anna Maria Hong. Among his honors are commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, three commissions from the American Composers Forum, and a Cohn Fellowship to attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA.

Also an active pianist and conductor, Christopher has a strong affinity for experimental and avant-garde music. As a soloist and long-time member of the Bay Area ensemble, sfSound, he has given numerous premieres and worked with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Julio Estrada, Helmut Lachenmann, and Stefano Scodanibbio.

Currently residing in Chicago, Christopher joined the music faculty at DePaul University as Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Composition in 2011. He previously taught composition and music theory at Stanford, San Francisco State, and San Jose State Universities, and worked extensively with young composers at Lowell High School in San Francisco through a Composer- in-the-Schools residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum. He completed a doctorate in composition at Stanford University, studying principally with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. He also earned degrees in composition from the University of Calgary, and in piano from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory.

Some of Chrisopher's music is posted on Soundcloud.

[from program for March 16, 2015 concert]