Jason Wright is a Wellington-based composer and sound artist working across dance, theatre, film and installation. Wrights work has been performed nationally and internationally and within ten years Wright 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 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. As well as composing, he performed in eye, produced by Brothers & Sisters Collective, featuring in the Fringe Festival and Tempo Dance Festival 2014.
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, New Zealand Dance Company, 2016 and The Clearing, Footnote New Zealand Dance, 2019.
Co-founder of dance-theatre company Muscle Mouth, Jason produced scores for AGE, New Zealand Festival 2014, their acclaimed production Triumphs and Other Alternatives, 2015 and The Weight of Force, Hong Kong Arts Festival, M1 Contact Dance Festival, 2016 and Borderline – A double-bill collaboration between Muscle Mouth and T.H.E Dance Company Singapore, M1 Contact Dance Festival, 2017; System, Tempo Dance Festival, NZ Fringe Festival, 2019 and As It Stands, a new commission from the Auckland Arts Festival, 2019.
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 and The Fence by Brothers & Sisters Collective (Nominated for Best Sound Design, Wellington Theatre Awards), 2016; Sound Design for World of Wearable Arts, 2017; Force Field by Everybody Cool Lives Here (Winner of Best Overall Production Design, Auckland Fringe), 2018; Odd One Out b y Capital E National Theatre for Children, 2018; The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Toi Whakaari, 2018; Night Moves b y Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan, 2019 and sound design for Gui Tacetti’s art exhibition Inferno, Inside Out Productions, 2019.