Jason Eckardt is an Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. Jason Eckardt played guitar in jazz and metal bands until, upon first hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. Since then, his music has been influenced by his interests in perceptual complexity, psychological and physical dimensions of performance, and self-organizing processes in the natural world. He has been recognized through commissions and awards from Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, the Guggenheim Museum, Chamber Music America, the ISCM, Deutschen Musikrat, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Eckardt's music has been performed at major festivals and recorded on the CRI, Helicon, Metier, Capstone, Albany, New Focus and Mode labels. An active promoter of new music, Eckardt is a co-founder and the executive director of Ensemble 21, the contemporary music group. His music is published by Carl Fischer.Bio courtesy of his faculty page.