Ajemian will be the last human to reach the moon.  His music conjures a fever dream of multiple musical universes.


Presently composing "MR2" Cabaret: a collaboration with artist Mike Bouchet, Richard Jackson and choreographer Richard Siegal. PremieringOct. 19th thru 22nd 2016 at Azzedine Alaïa's Showroom Paris October 2016 


The Mythadors: Portraits of cultural figures as containers for composition: Folk-Lords

Motion Maps: sonic road maps for improvisors written in Architectural drafting software autoCAD: HighLife

From Beyond: Black Sabbath's 'Into the Void' arranged backwards for chamber orchestra

Breath Process: Compositions for Orchestra: Who Cares How Long You Sink 



Leatherman Movie: performance and composition of original theme song.

Strong Island: soundtrack contribution with Matana Roberts, Jim White and Reut Ruev.

Evolution of a Criminal: soundtrack contributions

Ryley Walker: Documentary for Dead Oceans

Chicago Underground Trio: performance documentary



2012 to Present:  Co-director at 8550 Ohio Artist Residency.

Jan. 2015 week residence at Mass Moca with Helado Negro Island Universe

Oct 2012 - May 2013 Artist in Residence at Foam City Lafayette IN




Folk-Lords record release show at Union Pool Brooklyn premiering new Alan Watt's Mythador score for his 100th birthday celebration on Jan 6th.

Helado Negro 'Island Universe Story' with St Paul Chamber Orchestra arranged by Ajemian and Trey Pollard

Co-Curating Traysh Island III : The Adventures of Mold Mang at 8550 Ohio

Folk-Lords inaugural Sound Minds Festival Three's Brewing Brooklyn

Helado Negro's Island Universe Story at Mass Moca: performance and artist residence 

Folk-Lords at Rough Trade NYC with Tim Kinsella


Co Curating TRAYSH ISLAND FESTIVAL: Burning Mang: at 8550 Ohio artist residency

Co Curating TRAYSH NYC at the Knockdown Center Queens NY

Feb -May Folk-Lords weekly at the Knockdown Center

Duo w/ Ryley Walker: Rough Trade NYC & Baby's Alright.


Solo Festival & Workshop @ OPT ART, Wroclaw, Poland 

TRAYSH ISLAND Festival: Turning Diamonds into Coal: inaugural music festival at 8550 Ohio artist residency. CoCurated Joe Jeffers

Chicago International Music & Movies Fest, Premiere of BRAINSTORMS

Savannah College of Art & Design, Performing Helado Negro BRAIN FINGER Composition

Helado Negro Duo for Yellow Dogs benefit show @ Brooklyn Bowl.


OCCUPY SANDY BENEFIT (NYC) duo with Devendra Banhart

Governor's Ball (NYC) w/ Devendra Banhart

Winter Jazz Fest (NYC) w/HighLife

Installation & Performances at Bridge PAI, Charlottesville, Va w/ solo & Breath Orchestra performances


Bernheim CONNECT Festival, Louisville Ky.

NY Electronic Music Festival, St. Paul's Chapel is Manhattan's oldest public building

Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, performance & TV broadcast w/ Matana Roberts’ CoinCoin 

Bimhuis, Amsterdam w/ Matana Roberts’ CoinCoin


Rotunda, Philadelphia, Pa. HighLife + Marshall Allen of Sun Ra Arkestra

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC. Performance

Chicago Cultural Center - Who Cares How Long You Sink, Breath Orchestra

Tampere Jazz Festival, Finland w/ Marc Ribot's Sun Ship


Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland w/ Marc Ribot’s  Sun Ship

All Tomorrow’s Parties, England w/ Hush Arbors


Moderna Museet 50th Anniversary Show, Exhibition and Performance of FROM BEYOND

Amy Smith-Stewart Gallery Performance w/ Joy Mega


Palais De Tokyo, Paris, Exhibition and Performance of FROM BEYOND

Chicago Jazz Festival w/ Bill Dixon & Exploding Star Orchestra

Festival Della Creativia, Florence, Italy / Breath Orchestra

Performing Media Act, San Giovanni, Italy  / Leading Breath Orchestra

Operaen, Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival w/ Chicago Underground Trio

Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris w/ Exploding Star Orchestra

Belgie Cultural Center, Hasselt Belgium w/ Exploding Star Orchestra


Art Basel, LISTE, Basel, Switzerland Exhibition and Performance of FROM BEYOND

Musical de Actuelle Festival, Canada. Exploding Star Orchestra

Casa Del Popolo Festival, Montreal Dragon's 1976 Trio

Danube Festival, Austria - Exploding Star Orch.

Jazz En Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal - Exploding Star Orch.


All Tomorrow’s Parties, England w/ Born Heller / duo with Josephine Foster

The Harry Smith Festival of Folk Music, Amsterdam w/ Born Heller / duo with Josephine Foster


Chicago Jazz Festival w/ Ken Vandermark’s Crisis Ensemble



Feature on Island Universe in MinnPost "Art Scape" column by Pamela Espeland

Pop Matters review of Folk-Lords by John Garrat

Classical Music News Desk  St. Paul, MN "Liquid Music Feature" on Island Universe

Wire Magazine issue 371:  7th best jazz album of 2014

New York Times "Two Different  Spins for a Noisy Room" by Nate Chinen

Fader 70: NWSPRNT  feature "Draft Punk" by Peter Marcia

Art Forum "Scandinavian Desein" by Kyle Bentley

Tiny Mix Tapes review of HighLife by Gordon Bruce

Village Voice Feature on From Beyond by Zach Baron

Pitchfork review of Born Heller by Nick Sylvester

Time Out Chicago / Issue 148 : Local Album of the Year



Arizona State University: 1995-97 - Classical & Jazz performance with Daniel Swaim

William Paterson University: 1997-99, Bachelor of Music, Rufus Reid & Kevin Norton







Tony Malaby (saxophones), Rob Mazuek (cornet), Jeff Parker (guitar), Chad Taylor & Noritaka Tanaka (drums)



Who Cares How Long You Sink

Large ensemble devoted to a breath process of orchestration.

Joy Mega

Matt Bauder, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone & Chad Taylor

From Beyond

Black Sabbath’s "Into the Void" arranged backwards for chamber Ensemble.


Collaboration with Visual Artist Dana Carter


w/ Scott Tuma


Noritaka Tanaka(drums)

Hush Arbors

Keith Wood (guitar/song writer)

A Cushicle

Jeff Parker (guitar), Noritaka Tanaka (drums), Selina Trepp (videolah)

Marc Ribot's Sun Ship

Marc Ribot (guitar), Mary Halvorson (guitar), and Chad Taylor (drums)

Helado Negro

Get the ICE CREAMS Here!

Day in Pictures

Matt Bauder (sax/composition), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Angelica Sanchez (piano) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

Born Heller

w/ Josephine Foster

Dragons 1976

Aram Shelton (Sax) & Tim Daisy (drums)

The Electronicians

Matthew Lux (bass), Aram Shelton (sax) & Noritaka Tanaka (drums)

Smokeless Heat

Noritaka Tanaka, Tim Haldeman, Jaimie Branch, Jason Adasiewicz & Matt Scheinder


Dave Rempis (saxes) & Tim Daisy (drums)

Exploding Star Orchestra

w/ Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Jeb Bishop, Corey Wilkes, Josh Berman, Matt Bauder, Jeff Parker, Jim Baker, Jason Adasiewicz, John McEntire, Matt Lux, Mike Reed & John Herndon 

Chicago Underground Trio
Mandarin Movie

Rob Mazurek, Steve Swell, Alan Licht, Matthew Lux & Frank Rosaly