Called a “fabulous composer-pianist” and an “unimpeachable” choice of collaborator by the New York Times, Jerome Begin has composed many scores for dance and theatre, concert works, installation and film. Equally at home in the classical, experimental, theatrical and pop worlds, he has always been drawn to collaboration. Begin takes from classical music concepts of form, process and compositional rigor. From experimental electronic and acoustic music he draws on ideas of sonic expansion and innovation in the ways musicians connect in time and sonic texture. In pop music, he is strongly attracted to the power of rhythm and sound over the body, as well as the ability of the “hook” to resonate within the consciousness of individuals and masses. His recent works have incorporated extensive use of electronics to process and augment the sound of acoustic instruments, employing customizable touch screen interfaces which allow him to “play” the effects live. Through this technology, the electronics function in a dynamic, musical way as part of the ensemble.
Begin’s works have been performed throughout the country and internationally, including a performance of his score for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. Commissions include works for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, Keigwin + Company, Gallim Dance and many other dance companies. In 2011 his music was featured on the PBS American Masters series in the documentary A Good Man, about the making of a Bill T. Jones work. Recent projects include collaborations with director/choreographer Yara Travieso for gallery installation, dance, and video works. The pair are currently at work crafting Kwaidan, a large scale opera installation. Other current projects include scoring a documentary about Brooklyn street “Flex” dancers entitled “Flex is Kings” and recording an album with his synth/cello duo band Tranimal. Jerome serves as Music Director of The Juilliard School Dance Division.