Jason Wright

Jason Wright is a Wellington-based composer and sound artist working across dance, theatre, film and installation. His work has been performed both nationally and internationally, and within ten years Jason has worked with many of Aotearoa’s top dance and theatre makers. A graduate of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Jason holds a Master of Music in Sonic Arts and Composition.

Creator and curator of the Low Noise Exhibition series, Parliament (2013), Toi Pōneke (2015); these group shows featured his sound installations Installation for Inward and Outward Facing Speaker Cones and Black Series. Other sound installation work includes, Jukebox at the Adam Art Gallery (2011); Interview with Mute, Matchbox Gallery (2012); When Bertha Sings, Nyco Chocolate factory (2013); sound design for Muscle Mouth’s multi-media installations Tiger

and Another Garden at Enjoy Gallery (2015) and recent solo exhibitions across the country Black Series II, The Auricle (2015); an Artifact of Mass, Audio Foundation, (2016) and rauropi [I II III], Toi Pōneke Art Gallery (2019).

Working with dance, Jason has composed music for Strive , Footnote Taster Series (2013); Just Bet/ween Us, Choreo-co (2015); eye, Brothers & Sisters Collective (2015); Vessel, T.H.E Dance Company Singapore (2017), and Creeper, Sydney Dance Company (2019).

A key collaborator with Arts Laureate Ross McCormack, Jason created the music for SEX, Footnote Dance (2012); Rāhui, Unitec (2012); Area, Unitec (2015), Visions of Salome, M1 Contact Dance Festival Singapore (2015); Preface: Homage to a Risk, New Zealand School of Dance (2015); Matter, The New Zealand Dance Company (2016); The Clearing, Footnote Dance (Winner Best Sound Design, Wellington Theatre Awards) (2019); Re:Structure, New Zealand School of Dance (2019); and Method in collaboration with H2Q Art Vietnam (2019).

Co-founder of dance-theatre company Muscle Mouth, Jason produced scores for AGE, New Zealand Festival (2014); Triumphs and Other Alternatives (2015); The Weight of Force Hong Kong Arts Festival; M1 Contact Dance Festival (2016); Borderline – a double-bill collaboration between Muscle Mouth and T.H.E Dance Company Singapore, M1 Contact Dance Festival (2017); System, Tempo Dance Festival and NZ Fringe Festival (2019); and As It Stands, Auckland Arts Festival (2019).

Jason’s work for theatre includes Shu’s Song by Capital E National Theatre for Children (Nominated for Best Music Composition, Wellington Theatre Awards) (2016); Versions of Allah by Ohokomo productions, Kia Mau festival (2016);The Fence by Brothers & Sisters Collective (Nominated for Best Sound Design, Wellington Theatre Awards) (2016); Sound Design for the World of Wearable Arts (2017); Force Field by Everybody Cool Lives Here (Winner of Best Overall Production Design, Auckland Fringe) (2018); Odd One Out by Capital E National Theatre for Children (2018); The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Toi Whakaari (2018); Night Moves by Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan (2019); and sound design for Gui Taccetti’s art exhibition Inferno, Inside Out Productions (2019).

(Photo by John McDermott; for Night Light)