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John-Henry is a DJ, Drummer and music producer /performer whose output ranges anywhere from EDM, to surround-sound algorithmic music, to live African and Latin / Brazilian percussion, to gypsyfunk house music to hip-hop. It's all music in the end.
In 2007 John-Henry completed his Master's degree in Digital Compsition and Performance at the University of Edinburgh (UK). His thesis composition "SYZYGY" subsequently landed him on the UK-based Sound and Music (SAM) organization's 2008 Composer Shortlist. In this program he studied under Michael Edwards, covering subjects such as real-time, non-real time and algorithmic composition techniques, FM synthesis, Max-MSP, Common Lisp Music (CLM), sound design, audio engineering, and digital media theory.
John Henry was also a steel-drivin' man, according to the West Virginian folktale (which most people seem to have heard sung by the late, great Johnny Cash.) In an interesting and ironic twist of fate, John-Henry was the only member of his family ever born in West Virginia, though he was not, at least intentionally, named after the legendary black folk hero, but rather for his two grandfathers.
As the manager of the Portland Live User Group (PLUG: facebook.com/portableton), John Henry has also facilitated and led Ableton Live workshops and music events in Portland since early 2012. In February of 2013, he and his PLUG co-manager, Jeremy Highhouse, produced the official launch of Ableton's new Push instrument, becoming one of the first musical acts in the world to use this new electronic music instrument in a band setting: https://vimeo.com/64673355
He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon and plays electronic drums for the huge Last Thursday street party in NE Portland's Alberta Arts District with the Vinylogy Crew at the Cruzroom bar: https://soundcloud.com/vinylogy-crew