Biography

Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Marc Ribot’s SunShip, Matana Robert's CoinCoin, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra, and Chicago Underground Trio, Ken Vandermark’s Crisis Ensemble, and his 5 year weekly engagement with Jeff Parker & Nori Tanaka @ the Rodan in Chicago.  Ajemian’s curiosity has ranged far and wide - he’s just as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink.  Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like “From Beyond,” Ajemian’s backwards version of Black Sabbath’s ‘Into the Void’ for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassist’s journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City.

- Jacob Kart

Projects

Solo
Folk-Lords

BLISS KID ** DADDY ** OWEN STEWART-ROBERTSON ** JASON NAZARY

DAYDREAMs

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

HighLife

DO IT FOR DONNIE

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.

BRAINSTORMS

Collaboration with Visual Artist Dana Carter

LOVERSROCK

w/ Scott Tuma

LayAllOverIt

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

Triage

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