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last updated: December 7, 2019

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Labs mainframe computer singing "Bicycle Built for Two." He now makes music for people, machines, and interesting combinations of people and machines.

"Jascha Narveson, clearly more committed to the guitar's rock-influenced lingua franca, uses wah-wah pedals, distortion, whammy-bar note bending, and references to a range of styles from prog to grunge in his four-movement 'Ones.' But he develops his ideas with such an appealing expressive logic that it never seems as though he is using these sounds for their show-off potential."
- Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2019
"Sideband, a laptop-computer ensemble spun off from the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, offered a paradoxically visceral, endlessly engaging program of inventive pieces by its members, including Jascha Narveson’s starkly choreographed 'In Line' and Dan Trueman’s infectious 'Clapping Machine Music Variations'..."
- Steve Smith, New York Times, June 12th, 2013
“This is utterly awesome!”
- participant in "The Gaits", quoted in the New York Times, December 22, 2011
“Vectors, by Jascha Narveson, turns Dither into a live-wire gamelan.”
- Steve Smith, New York Times, June 15th, 2010
“Vectors by Jascha Narveson is built on relentless pitch bending, spare and spring loaded until this wind-up toy of a piece finally begins to tire out.”
- Molly Sheridan, NewMusicBox, June 8, 2010
“NOW began their effectively paced performance of five recent compositions with Jascha Narveson’s Nice Boots (2008), a work that feels like an invigorating etude, although it is not an exploration of an isolated technical difficulty. It investigates how much can be made out of a relatively straightforward musical idea — its quiet repetitions become breathtaking as if a sheet of paper folded into a complex geometric shape.  It does much with little: rhythmic excitement doubled and bent into driving energy that is all the more startling because it seems remembered from child’s play.”
- Jeff Edelstein, MusicWeb International, April 4th, 2009