John P. Hastings is a composer, musician, artist and educator based in New York, NY. His current focus is on the creation of unique sonic environments and singular performances that utilize novel methods to engage the audience. Recent work includes the re-contextualization of rock and roll for the concert hall, a five-hour site-specific performance, and the creation of a sonic baptism for his newborn son. The work aims to display the potential for synthesis between disparate parts. Many compositions and installations include the use of historical research, geography, text-based composition, field recordings, graphic performance scores, site-specificity, microtones and improvisational performance practice. He is a founder of the web-based music journal, The Experimental Music Yearbook and was the music curator for the Sound Series Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY from 2010 – 2012.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, John has lived in London, UK, Charlottesville, VA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ulrich Krieger , Michael Pisaro, Mark Trayle and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. His musical influences include James Tenney, La Monte Young, and John Cage. In 2012 he was named a fellow as part of the Other Minds Festival 17 in San Francisco, CA.


photo by Kim-Trang Blair