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Jordan Dykstra

Middletown, CT      

Jordan Dykstra (b. Iowa, USA, 1985) is a Connecticut-based composer, arranger, violist, and improviser. His work is drawn from a familiarity with specific conceptual, avant-garde, environmental, and graphic languages. Performance highlights include Harpa (Iceland), MOCA (Los Angeles), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Musikfestval Bern and the Winturthur Theater (Switzerland), CHAFF (Brussels), Echo Bücher (Berlin), Syros Institute (Ano Syros, Greece), RISD Museum (Providence, RI), RedCat (Los Angeles, CA), Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (Denton, TX), and Yale Union (Portland, OR). Past collaborators include bands Dirty Projectors and Atlas Sound, filmmakers Gus Van Sant, Trey Shults, and Penny Lane, poet Tom Blood, animator Laura Heit, and choreographer Allie Hankins. Jordan received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree as a Performer-Composer from CalArts where he studied with Michael Pisaro, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger, and Eyvind Kang. In 2018 Jordan received his Masters in Experimental Music Composition from Wesleyan University where he studied with Alexander Waterman, Tyshawn Sorey, Paula Matthusen, and Ron Kuivila. Jordan has also done independent studies with Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland), Chiyoko Szlavnics (Germany), Jürg Frey (Switzerland) and is currently working with Alvin Lucier (Connecticut). His music is mainly published by Editions Verde.

Clouds, Nine Times (2018)

The companion video to “9 Found Clouds (9×1)” by Jordan Dykstra.

Jordan Dykstra – composition and vibraphone

“Found Clouds” CD is available now from Editions Verde – www.editions-verde.com – as the debut release in their new series, Seeing the Forest in a Tree.

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The Neutral Mask (2016)

World debut by The Formalist Quartet on February 29, 2016 in Valencia, CA.

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Excerpts from “The Psychological Future” (2017)

Please visit http://www.jordandykstra.bandcamp.com to stream and purchase the entire album.

Excerpt from the score:
In his 1976 paper “The Making of the Present: A Tutorial Review”, Dutch experimental psychologist John A. Michon wrote about the term “the psychological present” which he defined as “a time interval in which sensory information, internal processing, and concurrent behavior appear to be integrated within the same span of attention.”

The full score is available via http://www.jordandykstra.com.

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