Jason Eckardt Recordings
Jason Eckardt (b. 1971) played guitar in rock and jazz bands until, upon first hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. Since then, his music has been influenced by his interests in perceptual complexity, performance virtuosity, and self-organizing processes in the natural world. He has been recognized through commissions from Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, the Guggenheim Museum, the New York State Music Fund, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Fondation Royaumont, the MacDowell and Millay Colonies, the Fritz Reiner Center, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust; and awards from the League/ISCM, Deutschen Musikrat-Stadt Wesel, the Aaron Copland Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, ASCAP, the University of Illinois, and Columbia University.
Eckardt’s music has been heard on festivals including the Festival d’Automne á Paris, Darmstadt, IRCAM-Resonances, the ISCM World Music Days, Voix Nouvelles, Musik im 20. Jahrhundert, Currents in Musical Thought-Seoul, and the International Bartók Festival. An active promoter of new music, Eckardt is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Ensemble 21, the contemporary music group in New York City. Recordings of Eckardt’s works have been released by CRI, Helicon, Capstone, and Metier; a portrait CD titled “Out of Chaos” is available from Mode. He lives in New York.