John Klof

Composer

John Klof was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in South Pasadena, California where as a youth he studied guitar, piano and percussion. Drawn to composition in his late teens, he began his study of music with Truman Fisher who introduced him to jazz arranging, orchestration, and the American and European avant-garde and was influenced by the music of Stravinsky, Bartok, Cage and the concepts and ideas of the Darmstadt school (Boulez and Stockhausen) in Germany. He went on to study with Dorrance Stalvey at Immaculate Heart College and graduated with honors after concentrations in the subjects of music composition and developmental psychology. John traveled to the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France where he studied composition, analysis and interpretation at Le Centre Sirius with Karlheinze Stockhausen, and attended courses with Peter Eotvos and Harald Boje. He traveled back the next year to study at Le Centre Acanthes, under the direction of Iannis Xenakis, to study analysis, interpretation and mathematics, and attended courses with Michel Tabachnik and Philippe-Olivier Rousseau, and computer composition with Guy Medigue. Both years of study were supported by grants from the French Minister of Culture, The Gulbenkian Foundation, The Foundation of France, les disques Phonogram, les disques Erato, les edition Salabert and Polydor International. After returning to the United States he attended The University of Southern California and studied composition and performance with Earle Brown. At The California State University in Los Angeles he studied film scoring with Nancy Beach and attended graduate courses in psychoacoustics and signal processing.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded John with a Music Fellowship to compose a work for choir, soloists and large ensemble, and The American Composers Forum awarded him with a Subito Grant to record a violin solo with Andrei Ganea and producer Guillermo Guzman. Between composing formal music and teaching private applied guitar and piano, John composes contemporary song material and collaborated with Kymm Daniel, Lori Kanteman, Don O'Shannahan, Michael Klof, and arranger/producer Allon Sams. His classical compositions have been performed primarily on the west coast by Bridget Convey, Samantha Lee and Manon Robertshaw (Ensemble Green) at The Restoration Concert Series, The Pasadena City College Concert Choir, Ruth Golden, Marilou Tiberi, The IHC Ensemble, and The California State University, Los Angeles Contemporary Music Series. In Los Angeles John continues to compose contemporary music in addition to digital auditory and visual art. He has participated in events at The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) and The California Museum Digital Studio Gallery, University of California-Riverside.
Portrait by Teri Lyn Fisher