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mj improvises + composes in multiple media

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About


mj improvises + composes in multiple media

Molly Jones performs on saxophones, flutes, and electronics. Her compositions range from through-composed chamber works to graphic scores to electroacoustic environments for improvisation, incorporating video, movement, and words.

Molly has performed with musicians including Saul Williams, Nicole Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey, Robert Ashley, Jaribu Shahid, Ed Sarath, Kei Akagi, Alex Harding, Paul de Jong, Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Bishop, Douglas Ewart, Joo Won Park, Elliott Sharp, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Marion Hayden, Matt Kiroff, and many friends in the US and Canada.  Her compositions have been performed internationally, with commissions by Verdant Vibes Ensemble, Detroit Composers’ Project, and Polyfold musical arts collective; her video installations have been presented at festivals including Rooms To Let, FireFish, and Ingenuity Fest; and her poetry can be found in Saul Williams’ Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, Matchbox Magazine, and her zine Moon Jar.

Molly’s septet album Microliths was nominated Debut Album of 2017 in NPR's Jazz Critics' Poll.  She is working on a duo album with bassist Betsy Soukup, a sound installation called Sticker Piece (currently on four continents), and an opera-ballet to be premiered in March 2019.

She is a member of Polyfold musical arts collective, Rhyta Musik Balkan brass band, Gabriel Brass Band, Hotline Strings contradance band, Jon Taylor's Mover, Stephen Boegehold’s Way of Dreams, Darrin James' Disaster Relief, Neal Anderson Quintet, Kirsten Carey's Uruberos Sextet, and electronic trio ParkJonesKoi.

She received her MFA through UC Irvine's program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology.

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List of Compositions 
Moon Jar

 

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