Jason was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand on the 8th of May 1969.
Between 1980 – 1985, Jason took part in national and international championships in bagpipe performance. He also undertook oboe and piano performance studies until 1987.
The first performances of his compositions took place at the Nelson School of Music summer school in 1986.
In 1987, Jason studied harmony and counterpoint at Nice Conservatoire summer school. These were followed by study in composition back in New Zealand with John Cousins and Jack Body between 1988 – 1991, and at the Moscow Conservatorium with Edison Denisov 1992 – 4. He was the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in 1997.
His compositions were performed, published and recorded in New Zealand and Russia (1990-2000) - e.g. Maly Zal, Bats Theatre, Baroque Voices, Alexander Ivashkin. Works include orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, solo instrumental music and music theatre. Most works from this period are held by SOUNZ.
In 2008, Jason completed his PhD, Kolokol: spectres of the Russian bell - a cultural history of Russian bells, under the supervision of Noel Sanders at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mostly inactive now as a composer of music for conventional instruments, works since 2010 have included Two Contradictions for Baroque Voices, Dark Haloes for oboe, harpsichord and strings, Interruptio for orchestra, and a setting of Janet Frame's When the sun shines more years than fear. He has been developing experimental (low-tech, analogue tape) acousmatic work since 2015.
Currently, Jason is living in Australia & working at the University of Tasmania as a curriculum designer. He is active in cultural studies research, with a primary focus on tantric philosophies of sound.
for soprano, harp and organ
for string quartet
for carillon (two players), 13m
for vocal sextet
for two cellos
for an ensemble of eight voices
for seven flutes, 8m
for chamber orchestra
for solo violin
for orchestra, 7m
for piano, 4m
for solo guitar, 7m
for three cellos and solo cello, 11m
for highland bagpipes
for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and cello
for soprano and piano, 10m
for solo cello
for soprano, violin and piano, 12m
for soprano and piano, 5m
for orchestra, 8m
for two flutes and piano, 7m