jason palamara, composer / noise maker

Jason Palamara is a third year PhD student in music composition at the University of Iowa. He is an active performer on the violin, guitar and laptop and was/is a founding member of the Bonecrusher Ensemble of Louisville, KY, the 24+24 Hour Composition Project in Iowa City, IA and the newly constructed Iowa City Laptop Orkestra (ICLOrk).  Jason currently works as an audio engineer and composer for the University Of Iowa Department Of Dance.  Jason composes music for many dance department projects, specializing in electroacoustic music, collaboration, improvisation and audience engagement.  In his spare time, he teaches songwriting and musicianship to the inmates at Oakdale Community Prison.  Listen to samples of his music at https://soundcloud.com/jason-palamara.


  • May 16, 7:30 at the Iowa Medical Classification Center (a.k.a. Oakdale Prison) with the Oakdale Community Choir (this event is by invitation or incarceration only)!
  • May 11, 8pm at the UCC Recital Hall – perforation strikes again! Professor Jeff Agrell and guest stars! http://arts.uiowa.edu/jeffrey-agrell-horn-and-guest-artists
  • May 5, 3pm at the Music West Interim Building, UofI – 200 Uses for a Paperclip performed by Janet and Aaron Ziegler! Watch the performance live at… http://www.justin.tv/prizm_vp_duo
  • May 5, 9am and 10:45am at Grace Community Church – fiddling with the band known as TEAM DONUT! http://www.graceb3.org/
  • May 4, 7pm at the Becker Communication Building – Live laptop and piano improv at the Electronic Music Studios concert with Justin Comer, Daniel Frantz and Mo Xu!
  • April 28, 7:30pm at the Riverside Recital Hall – The full premier of 200 Uses for a Paperclip performed by Janet and Aaron Ziegler at the Composer’s Workshop concert! http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/47.130428.html
  • April 18, 19, & 20, 8pm at Space Place Theater, The University of Iowa Dance Department presents The Lyric I and Distilled Vinegar. Choreography by Jessica Anthony and Zoe Bennett, new music by jason palamara and others! Tickets, available in advance from the Hancher Box Office are $12, $6 for seniors/youth, and free for UI students with a valid UI ID. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at Space Place Theater. North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp. http://dance.uiowa.edu/upcoming-events/thesis-ii/
  • March 8, 7:30pm, Anamosa High School Band plays perforation!