Jason Moran

Adventurous jazz pianist Jason Moran presents an improvisation of music, sound, movement and video with longtime collaborator, MIT professor and performance art icon Joan Jonas.

About the Residency

While at MIT, Jason Moran lead master classes and presented the new performance work Reanimation with frequent collaborator, Joan Jonas. Jonas is a Professor Emerita in the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology and a seminal figure in performance art. Moran contributed to Jonas’ exhibition My New Theater: Reading Dante III, exhibited at the Media Lab Complex, which integrates music, theater, animation and video.

Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and MIT Music and Theater Arts.


Past Events

They Come to Us without a Word II, a performance by Joan Jonas with music by Jason Moran
July 20-22, 2015
Theatro Piccolo, Venice, Italy

In conjunction with the exhibition They Come to Us without a Word by Joan Jonas at the Venice Biennale, Giardini, Venice, Italy.

Film Screening: In My Mind
September 15, 2011

Opening of My New Theater: Reading Dante III, an exhibition by Joan Jonas with music by Jason Moran
September 14, 2011

Reanimation: A Performance by Joan Jonas with Jason Moran
September 16, 2011
MIT Cube

Class Visits

Jazz Master Classes with Reception for MIT Students
September 15, 2011

Composing for Jazz Orchestra with Mark Harvey’s Class
September 15, 2011

Open Rehearsal and Lunch with ACT Students
September 16, 2011

Collaborators at MIT

Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT

Fred Harris, Jr., Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and Lecturer in Music, Music and Theater Arts, MIT

Mark Harvey, Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts, MIT

Joan Jonas, Professor Emerita, Program in Art, Culture and Technology, MIT


When Jason Moran’s debut recording Soundtrack to Human Motion was released in 1999, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times christened it Best Album of the Year. Since that celebrated debut, Moran has garnered critical praise for his path-breaking recordings on Blue Note Records, often performing with his ensemble The Big Bandwagon.

More at the artist’s website: Jason Moran.