Music Department Events

May 9

Christopher U. Light Masterclass: Jason Treuting

Christopher U. Light Lectureship

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
11:00 am – 1:00 pm / Kracum Performance Hall

Jason TreutingJoin us in welcoming composer and percussionist Jason Treuting, the Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music for the 2019-2020 season. First he'll present his music practice in a lecture and conversation on May 7. Don’t miss him in concert on Friday, May 8. Then, join us on Saturday morning, May 9, for his composition masterclass with Carleton student composers. He’ll also join Assistant Professor of Music Andrea Mazzariello in concert on Saturday, May 9.

Christopher U. Light Lecture on May 7, noon in the Weitz Cinema:
Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music Jason Treuting provides insight into his process and practice as a composer and purcussionist.

Christopher U. Light Concert on May 8, 7 pm in Kracum Performance Hall::
Composer and percussionist Jason Treuting, our 2019-2020 Christopher U. Light Lecturer in music, will present original work for chamber ensemble and for large, open-instrumentation large ensemble.

Christopher U. Light Masterclass on May 9, 11am in Kracum Performance Hall:
Jason Treuting, 2019-2020 Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music, will meet with Carleton student composers in a composition masterclass. Free and open to the public.

Andrea Mazzariello Faculty Recital in Composition on May 9, 8pm in Kracum Performance Hall:
Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music Jason Treuting and Visiting Artist Eric Cha-Beach will premiere 2 new compositions by Assistant Professor of Music Andrea Mazzariello: Mass, for drum set (composed for Jason Treuting), and a new electroacoustic work for multi percussion and electronics (composed for Eric Cha-Beach). Mazzariello and Treuting will also perform work from their new duo album, Make a wish then build a ladder, as well as new work.

All of these programs are free, unticketed, and open to the public.

A founding and current member of the influential quartet, Sō Percussion, composer/percussionist Jason Treuting has appeared in performance throughout the world, from the Barbican to Lincoln Center, to Carnegie Hall, DOM Moscow, Walt Disney Hall, and elsewhere. His compositions, widely noted for their compelling rhythmic language and evocative expressivity, have been performed by artists including Shara Nova, the JACK Quartet, TIGUE, Susan Marshall and Company, and others.

Additionally, Treuting explores and composes music in collaboration with artists including laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; guitarist Grey Mcmurray; and guitarist/composer Steve Mackey (their New Amsterdam album, Orpheus Unsung, has received widespread critical acclaim), among others.

Treuting’s original compositions include Amid the Noise, an evolving suite of musical explorations scored for a flexible range of instruments; this work has been performed widely by Sō Percussion, Matmos and other artists, at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Barbican, the Walker Arts Center, National Sawdust, and elsewhere. It has been presented by Fast Forward Austin, Kadence Arts Boston, Chatterbird, and others, and was recorded by Sō Percussion for release on Cantaloupe Records.

Treuting’s other works for Sō include contributions to Imaginary CityWhere (we) Live and A Gun Show, works which appeared on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included Oblique Music for 4 plus (blank), a concerto for Sō Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; and most recently, Nine Numbers 4, a commission from the Composers Guild of New Jersey and performed in 2018 at Princeton University.

He received his Bachelors in Music and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with John Beck and drum set and improvisation with Steve Gadd, Ralph Alessi and Michael Cain. He received his Masters in Music along with an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied percussion with Robert Van Sice. Jason Treuting studied marimba with Keiko Abe in Japan, and gamelan with Pac I Nyoman Suadin in Bali.

Jason Treuting is co-director of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University for college-aged percussionists. He is also co-director of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and is a lecturer of music at Princeton University, where Sō Percussion is ensemble-in-residence. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, the violist Beth Meyers, and their two daughters.


The Christopher U. Light Lectureship in Music was created in 1985 (1985 for Art and 1984 for Literature) by Mr. Light, Carleton Class of 1958. Among his many interests, Mr. Light is a freelance writer and composer, a record producer and a musician with interests in computers and music.

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