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Grant Jahn

Tempe, AZ      

Grant Jahn is a composer and clarinetist based in Tempe, Arizona.  Playing piano since the first grade and clarinet since the fourth grade, Jahn has grown up around music his entire life and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition at Arizona State University.  Jahn has had works premiered by students at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the Arizona Repertory Singers, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra during the Young Composers Project in 2011.  Jahn has developed a strong interest in extended techniques for the clarinet, expanding on ideas presented in works by composers such as William O. Smith and Eric Mandat.  In addition to several works for clarinet alone as well as various clarinet ensembles, Jahn has written works for ensembles such as the brass quintet, saxophone quartet, string quartet, and full SATB choir.  Jahn currently has several works in progress, including the score to the upcoming independent film, “Lucky U Ranch”, directed by Steve Anderson, which will premiere in 2015.  He continues to expand his compositional techniques with plans to write for more upcoming films, electronic media, and other chamber ensembles.  Jahn studies under the direction of Dr. Rodney Rogers, Dr. Doug Harbin, Dr. Jody Rockmaker, Dr. James DeMars, and Dr. Kotoka Suzuki.

“Ritual” depicts a type of ancient dance performed in a desolate, desert-like place to bring rain to the Earth. Using quarter-tone runs and multiphonics, primitive sounds are used to summon a storm, which starts with light rain depicted by key clicks, and becomes more chaotic as the motive continues to change.

performed by Grant Jahn
performed on October 8th, 2014
Katzin Concert Hall
ASU School of Music

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