Jonathan Pfeffer (B. 1986) makes sound/performance art that is primarily concerned with dismantling cognitive and cultural barriers. His compositions employ notation, indeterminacy, disassembled traditional and popular forms, language, samples, and acousmatic sound to produce what Nick Storring of Musicworks Canada described 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 Mivos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion; the Medium Theatre Company; Post:Ballet, Atlanta Ballet; filmmaker Jeremy Moss; dancer Asimina Chremos; and avant-rap MCs Lushlife and YIKES the Zero.
Pfeffer’s music has received support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the American Composers Forum, Instituto Sacatar, and the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.
Pfeffer lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.