JONATHAN PFEFFER makes sound/performance art focused on the physical effects of unconsciously assimilated perceptions. His compositions are often consequences of language, arranged into structures whose limits exist to be undermined via dynamic meter and a cannibalistic approach to sampling. Nick Storring of Musicworks Canada described Pfeffer’s work as “an allying of modernist anxiety and contemporary beat-driven constructions.”
From 2004 until 2012, Pfeffer led Capillary Action, a confrontational cubist-pop ensemble that investigated self-reflexive, Drawn & Quarterly-inspired narratives. The band released three full-length albums and maintained a relentless tour schedule across the North American and European DIY circuit.
Pfeffer has collaborated with the Mivos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion; the Medium Theatre Company; the Atlanta Ballet; painter Demian Flores; filmmaker Jeremy Moss; dancer Asimina Chremos; and avant-rap MCs Lushlife andYIKES the Zero.
Pfeffer’s work has received support from New Music USA, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the American Composers Forum, Instituto Sacatar, and Mural Arts.
Pfeffer holds a degree in Studio Art from Oberlin College (‘07) but is entirely self-taught. He lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.