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Christopher Jette is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and new media artist. His creative work explores the artistic possibilities at the intersection of human performers/creators and technological tools. Having trained as a violinist, his compositions are strongly coupled to the performer that they are written for, highlighting their unique performance perspective. Jette’s research details his technical and aesthetic investigations and explores technology as a physical manifestation of formalized human constructs. A highly collaborative artist, he has created works that involve video, dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, printing, instrument design and good ol’ fashioned wood and steel instruments. In addition to creating concert music, Jette explores Creative Placemaking through site-specific and interactive work as a core-four member of the Anchorage based Light Brigade.

Jette is an active member of the research and composition community both locally and internationally having presented works in Mexico, China, Finland, England, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, France, Poland, Greece, Romania and throughout the United States. He is frequently commissioned and his work is recognized with various awards, fellowships and residencies. Jette received a PHD in composition from the UC Santa Barbara, a MM in composition from the New England Conservatory and a BA in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He was the 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Performance Grant Wood Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Music at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He served as the Technical Director of the Max Lab and was a Lecturer at Stanford University.

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