about

Jonathan Brigg (born November 22nd 1984) is a Bradford-born composer now living in Oxford, UK. As a boy he played the trombone in Wibsey Brass and Reed Band and honed his pianistic abilities as accompanist for local choral societies and dance schools. Between 2003-8 he studied composition at the University of Manchester, gaining a first class degree in music and completing a MusM with Distinction. He undertook doctoral research at the University of York in 2011, exploring points of intersection between contemporary jazz and classical music styles, and became an HRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015. His teachers include Kevin Malone, John Casken and William Brooks. Jon has been awarded residencies with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (one of four Young Composers, 2015-16) and at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire, USA); he was a finalist in Britten Sinfonia Opus 2013. In 2015 he was a prize winner at the YCM (Young Composers Meeting) in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Jon has worked extensively as a conductor and pianist and now teaches piano in the Islington area of London. He leads a contemporary jazz group, Stoop Quintet, which has performed at the Vortex and the in EFK London Jazz Festival.

Jon’s music is often difficult to categorise, combining such influences as contemporary classical, jazz, American Experimentalism, alt-rock and post-minimal styles. While some pieces are fully notated, others include improvisation or some spontaneous element that requires the players to momentarily abandon the musical score. Often he re-composes and re-arranges pieces as a way of exploring the relationship between the musical ideas and the musical style in which they are cast. Perhaps the biggest influence on his work is the music of Charles Ives.

Jon has composed two jazz albums to date: Ranch (2012) written for Threads Orchestra and Confession (2015), written for Stoop Quintet and released on ASC Records. Jon has composed for a number of ensembles in the UK and abroad – notably in the Netherlands: Song to the Bare City (2011) for the Nieuw Ensemble, The Brain Within its Groove (2015) and Circus (2017) for Orkest de Ereprijs and most recently Katabasis, commissioned for the Animato Kwartet by the NJO (National Youth Orchestra of Holland) Academy. Sinful Sinfonies (2015) and Fall (2016) were composed for the combined ensembles of the Foyle Future Firsts and London Philharmonic Orchestra – the former premiered under the baton of LPO Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg.