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Jack Herscowitz is a Los Angeles based composer, improviser, and sound artist whose work engages impossibility, autobiographical sampling, performance-as-commitment, horror, unstable loops, and the extremities of noise to recognize music as a multi-sensory social art form: bringing attention to the situations in which we experience and create sound, rather than just sound itself. His work runs the wide gamut of participatory sound installations, noisy electroacoustic improvisations, theatrical performance, process-based chamber music, deconstructed remixes, and communal spaces for sound making.

His instrumental music has been performed in North America and Europe by artists including the Arditti Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Syntagma Piano Duo, Atlantic Reed Consort, Hypercube, .abeceda Ensemble and the soloists of Talea Ensemble, Meitar Ensemble and the Locrian Chamber Players. Festivals, venues, and organizations that have presented his work include: IRCAM ManiFeste (Paris), CENART (CDMX), Barcelona Modern Festival, The Moscow Conservatory, Norges musikkhøgskole (Oslo), .abeceda Contemporary Music Festival (Bled)The Composers Conference (as a Fromm Foundation Fellow), NettNett Space (Tijuana)Neofonía Festival (Ensenada), Norcal NoiseFest (Sacramento), Hear Now Festival (Los Angeles), CNMAT (Berkeley), soundpedro (San Pedro), Villa Aurora (LA), 2220 Arts and Archives (LA), Coaxial Arts Foundation (LA), Automata Theater (LA), Beyond Baroque (LA), The Dog Star Orchestra (LA), and Riverside Church (NYC). His trio Castle Anthrax's self-titled album will be released on Drongo Tapes in October 2024.  


Jack has held residencies at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony (as a Barbara Fellow) and the Spencer Museum of Art (with Amorphous Ensemble) and his work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Jack performs improvised live electronics on digital instruments with groups Mystic Elevator and Castle Anthrax in addition to various solo improvisers. His solo performance practice draws from noise, glitch, vaporwave, and lofi electronics to re-claim the sounds of capitalism's sonic warfare. He has collaborated on multidisciplinary works with poet/novelist Julia Alvarez, filmmaker/artist Clemente Ciarrocca, installation artist Ásgerður Arnardóttir, choreographer Ashlee Dance, and choreographer-filmmaker Sam Kann.

Jack received his M.F.A. in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts and his B.A. in Music and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. His teachers include Michael Pisaro-Liu, Steve Lehman, Carolyn Chen, Tim Feeney, Micaela Tobin, and Matthew Evan Taylor.

Trio- IRCAM Manifeste (2022)

i miss the wonder in infinity (2023)

Live electronics improvisation with Josefa Ibarra and Dieb 13

Premiered by the Composers Conference Ensemble

Call Me When You Get Home (2022)

Television Dream Star (2023)

Collaboration with Rob Middleton
Premiered at the Bowes Center at SFCM, November 2022

Premiered by Abigail Whitman
for Abigail, lighting, staging, electronics, video

The Clown (2020)

Premiered as part of the 2021 CEME Festival by Anat Nazarathy

Intimate Messages (2022)

Installation for Interactive Messaging System, Contact Mic, Sine Tones 

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