M.S. Music Technology, IUPUI, 2008
B.A. Music Performance, University of Kentucky, 2007


Jordan Munson is a composer, performer, and multimedia artist.  His work explores memory and our relationship to technology. Drawing from backgrounds in formal percussion performance training, improvisation, pop, and sound design, his compositions juxtapose subtle landscapes of richly layered textures with driving melodic arrivals. Munson utilizes technology to interpret natural sounds and vice versa, focusing on the transmission losses that occur from this constant re-synthesis.

As a performer, Munson combines his intensity on the drum set with layered live electronics to create a visceral experience for his audience.  His frequent collaborators include Scott Deal and Michael Drews as a member of the trio Big Robot, composer/vocalist Hanna Benn, and vocalist Isaiah Robinson. He has performed alongside musicians Nico Muhly, R. Luke DuBois, and Bora Yoon.

His music has premiered at the Big Ears Festival and institutions such as the Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Munson’s video art has shown worldwide, including at the Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing, the New World Center, and The Phillips Collection. He has composed original scores for the Phoenix Theatre (IN) and the acclaimed podcast Sick, and his album Until My Last (New Amsterdam Records) was featured in The New York Times and on Wilco’s list of best albums from 2018.

Munson has served as the Technical Director and faculty for the Nief Norf Summer Festival for new music since 2017, producing concerts alongside artists such as Ellen Fullman, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Wadada Leo Smith, and Nina Young.

Awards + Grants

  • Wabash College, Presidential Fellowship in Digital Arts and Human Values.
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis, Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship.
  • New Music USA Creator Fund Award, 2023.