Jon Forshee is a composer who writes colorful, nuanced music for instruments and electronics. His music has been performed internationally by ensembles and performers such as the Argento Ensemble, Hutchins Consort East, Trio Kobayashi, the Exchange Ensemble, pianist Zuzanna Szewczyk Kwon and bassist Tommy Babin. Recent commissions include a new work, Ficciones de Pessoa(s), for guitar, electronics and video for guitarist Pablo Gomez-Cano and a new piece for harp and electronics for harpist Tasha Smith Godinez. Forshee is working on completing his first opera, Blood, Hunger, Child, which tells the story of a love affair gone awry set in Revolutionary France. This multi-disciplinary work, created with author Heather Fowler, partly narrates the story through music modeled after spectral analyses of aromatic molecules while referencing musical traditions from around the world.
An avid writer about contemporary music, Jon’s published articles can be found in Perspectives of New Music, The Computer Music Journal, and Open Space Magazine. Forshee is currently co-editor of Open Space Publications, which provides a forum for aesthetic writings on diverse musical practices. Current research and writing projects include an article on the opera Amistad, by Anthony Davis, as well as an Afterword for a forthcoming book of writings by Benjamin Boretz.
Forshee studied at Bowling Green State University (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.A.), and University of California San Diego (Ph.D), as well as at the Centre Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris and the Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute in Xi’an, China. His important mentors include Anthony Davis, Benjamin Boretz, George Rochberg, and Allan Schindler.
Jon has taught at UCSD and the Eastman School of Music, teaches currently in the Pikes Peak Public Library system, and has recently joined the faculty of University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he will teach courses on computer music and sonic art installation.
Forshee’s first portrait album, Verses from the Aethersphere, was released in 2019 on the Open Space label. For more information and a complete works & recordings list, visit www.jonforshee.org.