Jason Doell is an acclaimed Canadian composer whose practice straddles composition, improvisation, and sound/installation art.
Jason's debut album, a collection of solo and chamber works, "...amid the cannon's roar," was released June 2, 2018 on CD and all digital platforms. The album was launched at a portrait concert presented by Open Ears Festival 2018.
His music has been performed internationally and has been interpreted by many important international artists including: Quatuor Bozzini, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Cecilia String Quartet, Array Music, Contact Contemporary Music, Rob MacDonald, Matt Brubeck, Gabriel Prokofiev, Jacques Israelievitch, and Christina Petrowska-Quilico amongst others.
Throughout his academic and professional careers, Jason's work has earned him many selections for prestigious workshops/presentations/commissions and has won him many awards. Among the awards, he has won the Toronto Emerging Composer Award and Harry Freedman Recording Award, both presented by the Canadian Music Centre, and the Nonclassical Global Composition Competition. His performances and compositions have also garnered considerable attention from Toronto media where his collaboration with percussionist/composer Germaine Liu was listed as one of the top ten concerts of any genre in Toronto for 2014.
Outside of music composition, Jason Doell has an active interest in re-imagining music education and how it is delivered. Jason has developed many programs for students ranging in age from elemetary-school-age children to adult early-career musicians and composers. His programs are created in opposition of standard models of music education that privilege the European canon, dated methodologies, historic models, and a decoupling of critical and practical skills. Instead, Jason's education initiatives focus on: integrating musical skills, systems, and knowledges through creation, performance, analysis, and group discussion; helping learners build strong critical thinking skills; fostering broad creative interaction with music; connecting the learner's personal relationship with music to their knowledge of how music is made; and nurturing a sense of adventure and imagination in music making.
Jason has developed and delivered music programs for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Toronto Public Library, the Canadian Music Centre, the Toronto City Mission, and the Ontario Band Association.
Jason's upcoming and current music education project is the Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML), a peer-mentored workshop for early-career musicians and composers (June 2018).