The artist – Jerry Grant |

The artist – Jerry Grant

What is your career and your current job title? I am a composer and relocated to Grass Valley from Los Angeles 11/2 years ago, where I composed scores for film and TV for the past 25 years. I now compose for the concert hall, in the symphonic and jazz/rock idiom.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. I naturally gravitate to dramatic music, therefore I create music that evokes a feeling or mood. My career includes beginning as a saxophonist/flutist and performing jazz, rock and symphonic music.

How long have you been working in this discipline? I knew at 14 that I wanted to compose for film and traveled a circuitous route, including being a performer/arranger for records in Los Angeles studios, a songwriter for ABC Records, a composer/conductor for my jazz orchestra, and finally a TV composer/conductor. Nothing is more satisfying then creating.

Why do you do it? I want to have people hear my music and feel enriched by the experience

What do you hope to accomplish? If someone hears my music and feels like they’ve been on a journey, I’m satisfied.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I don’t have a special message, only to feel a spiritual connection with the listener.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? In addition to hearing my music on TV for the 500-plus episodes of shows I’ve done, Music in the Mountains has performed works of mine at the 2004 Summer Festival in addition to my involvement with the Nevada County Composers Cooperative, which has featured my film and art music at their Meet the Composer event.

Recently my works have been performed at CSU Sacramento and CSU Chico. The Nujazz Alternative (my 13-piece symphonic jazz/rock orchestra) will be performing Saturday at the MIM Spring Festival in Grass Valley.


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