Jonathan Reus

Future Traditions in Music

Celestial Fruit on Earthly Ground

Jonathan Reus’s multidisciplinary project points to the complex histories of material knowledge and cultural practices wrapped up in the making of musical instruments. Using the lineages of music tied to the American banjo as a starting point, Reus looks to explore imaginations of new techno-musical futures by remixing excavated pasts.

Jonathan Reus

Mentored by musician and performer Du Yun, Reus is working toward creating an interactive online music experience that brings into relationship interconnects fragmented stories and imaginaries around the playing and making of instrumental traditions. The platform is based in a global living network of new tradition-makers who have been brought into the project through a series of microcommissions.

“This transformative, shapeshifting work could be an inviting platform for encouraging a new model of ethnomusicology and storytelling, by way of microcommissioning and directing funding back to the community,” says Du Yun. “And in particular, because of the inherently complex and challenging topics it touches upon, this project needs the most mentorship from a framework that Forecast could provide. In the current cultural climate, knowledge sharing allows for new models of deep collaboration. Emphasizing cultural and socioeconomic dialogues, this project will engage a wide network of people—lifting within and across communities to ignite and pursue impactful changes rooted in very difficult, complicated, and formidable dynamics that our current world desperately needs to address.”