Peter Jarvis performing his The Snares of Time for Solo Snare Drum at DROM in New York City with Composers Concordance on their 2nd Annual Composers Play Composers concert, January 30, 2011. Photo by Dan Palkowski.
|Born||1959 (age 54–55)
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
|Occupations||Musician, college professor, composer, print music copyist|
|Labels||Nonesuch, NAXOS, Abkco, Composers Concordance Records, Capstone Records, Koch International, others|
Peter Jarvis is an American percussionist, drummer, conductor, composer, music copyist, print music editor and college professor.
Jarvis was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and teaches music at Connecticut College  and William Paterson University His teaching responsibilities include academic classes, percussion lessons, coaching/conducting chamber music, directing New Music concerts at Connecticut College and the New Music Series at William Paterson University where he is Director of New Music.
Jarvis composed, orchestrated, arranged and performed music for Moonrise Kingdom, a film by Wes Anderson, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2012. Moonrise Kingdom received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Score" and an Academy Award nomination in 2013. His involvement in the film as a composer included various individual projects ranging from adding music to a score by Benjamin Britten and composing original music for several scenes. As arranger and orchestrator he worked on music composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and as performer he led a percussion section and provided several improvisations. He has also performed his own solo percussion music for the second and third seasons of the HBO Series "Boardwalk Empire." During the third season, his music appeared in seven episodes.
As a freelance musician he has performed as a soloist, chamber player, Broadway musician and as conductor with chamber music ensembles including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Comp Cord Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, Talujon, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble (which he directs) and on new music/arts festivals such as the Europe/Asia Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival  and in orchestras and with choruses. He has performed for PBS, Russian and Hong Kong television. The New York Times has said about Jarvis's conducting: ". . .[He] did full justice to its rhythmic complexities; Mr. Jarvis and his forces richly deserved the standing ovation they received."
Jarvis has performed and or recorded with composers musicians such as John Cage and Kung Chi Shing. He is active as a percussionist, conductor and composer in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere. As conductor he has appeared with the Saint Luke's Chamber Ensemble, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Ensemble21 and several other groups. He has appeared as guest conductor on the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.
His compositions are published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC, Indian Paintbrush Productions and L-T Music Publishing. He is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated and is on the board of Composers Concordance.
The New York Times wrote that Jarvis "led the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble in a precise, tactile performance with an elastic pulse", and that the "Percussion Symphony" was "a mammoth work ... on its way to becoming a genuine 20th-century warhorse" which Jarvis conducted from memory. The Record described Jarvis's conducting of "Percussion Symphony" as "a masterful example of the conductors craft", and praised the way he sculpted the melody in the medieval song by Guillaume Dufay. The New Music Connoisseur mentioned that "While the new music scene abounds with percussionists, only a very few can match the awesome musicianship of Peter Jarvis" and further described his performance of Ron Mazurek's Masked Dances as "the highlight of the evening."
All of the compositions listed below are published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC.
- Themes and Improvisations Op. 31 (2014) – solo drum set.
- Guitar Music Op. 29 (2013) – solo guitar.
- A Little Piano Music Op. 25 (2013) – solo piano, composed for and dedicated to David Saperstein, premiered by David Saperstein at William Paterson University, March 7, 2013.
- Satie's Hammock Op. 16 (2011) – solo marimba, commissioned by and dedicated to Payton MacDonald, premiered by Payton MacDonald at William Paterson University, September 29, 2011. Recorded by Payton MacDonald at William Paterson University.
- Nocturne Op. 15 (2011) – solo piano, In Memoriam Kimberly Castillo, for Pedro Castillo, premiered by Carl Patrick Bolleia at Bergen Community College, May 4, 2011. Recorded by Carl Patrick Bolleia, May 5, 2011 at William Paterson University.
- Drumming for Milton Op. 13 (2010) – solo drum set with optional temple blocks, dedicated to Milton Babbitt, premiered by Paul Carroll, March 7, 2011 at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey. Recorded by Paul Carroll, April 21, 2011 at William Paterson University.
- Oasis Op. 10 (2009) – solo electric bass, composed for Frank Eckert, premiered by Max Stehr, March 29, 2010 at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey. Recorded by Max Stehr, May 12, 2011 at WPU.
- Wind Tunnel Op. 9 (2009) – solo flute, composed for Kiara (Jung-In) Hwang, premiered by Kiara (Jung-In) Hwang, November 10, 2009 at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
- Tunes Without Pitches Op. 8 (2009) – solo snare drum, composed for David Saperstein, premiered by Jeffrey Rubin, May 3, 2009 at William Paterson University, New Jersey.
- Solo for Two Kick Drums Op. 7 (2007) – double bass drum solo, composed for Connor Donohue, premiered by Connor Donohue, May 13, 2007 at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
- Metallic Music Op. 6 (2005) – solo for six gongs, composed for, premiered and recorded by Dominic Donato. Recording: Capstone Records – CPS 8796.
- The Snares of Time Op. 5 (2005) – solo snare drum, composed for and recorded by John Ferrari, premiered by Peter Jarvis, January 30, 2011 at DROM in New York City.
- Extreme Measures Op. 4 (2005) – solo marimba, composed for April McCloskey, recorded by Tom Kolor.
- Four Plus Three Op. 3 (2003) – solo drum set, composed for Ryan Jarvis, premiered by Cameron Wisch, Ridgewood, New Jersey, recorded by Shawn Baltazor
- Pitched Drums Op. 2 (1999) – solo timpani, composed for Edmund Fay, premiered by Michael Aberback, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, recorded by April McCloskey
- Seven at Seven Op. 1 (1998) – solo vibraphone, composed for Shannon Jarvis, premiered by Al Cerulo, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, recorded by Peter Jarvis.
- Heavy Metal Op. 32 (2014) – for euphonium – tuba quartet. Dedicated to the Alchemy Euphonium-Tuba Quartet: Gary Buttry, Joanna Hersey, James Jackson and Danny Wilson.
- Conn-ected Coll-ections Op. 30 (2014) – for percussion, piano and electric guitar. Dedicated to the Connecticut College New Music Ensemble; Julian Gordon, Jesse Guterman and Andy Stein Zeller. Premiered by Connecticut College New Music Ensemble, conducted by Peter Jarvis at Connecticut College, CT, May 6, 2014.
- Twice Mixed Op. 28 (2013) – for mixed quartet of bassoon, horn in f, electric guitar and electric bass. Dedicated to the Comp Cord Ensemble. Premiered by the Comp Cord Ensemble: Michael Rabinowitz, John Clark, Gene Pritsker, Larry Goldman, conducted by Peter Jarvis at William Paterson University, NJ, February 10, 2014.
- Sextet Op. 27 (2013) – for soprano saxophone, drum set, vibraphone, electric bass, piano and accordion, dedicated to Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic and Gene Pritsker. Premiered by the Comp Cord Ensemble: Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Milica Paranosic, David Rosenblatt, Bill Schimmel and Demetrius Spaneas; conducted by Gene Pritsker, at the Cutting Room, New York City, November 10, 2013.
- Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 26 (2013) – dedicated to the 'Zentripetal Duo' – Lynn Bechtold and Jennifer Devore. Premiered by Lynn Bechtold and Ben Larsen at the Bernie Wohl Center, New York City, May 15, 2013.
- Cycle for Three Op. 24 (2012–13) – trio for vibraphone, electric guitar and double bass, dedicated to the Composers Concordance Ensemble. Premiered by the Composers Concordance Ensemble: Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker and Mat Fieldes, at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, February 4, 2013.
- Festival Music Op. 23 (2012) – mixed nonet, commissioned by and dedicated to the Composers Concordance Ensemble. Premiered by the Composers Concordance Ensemble at Shapeshifter, Brooklyn, New York, December 4, 2012.
- Controlled Improvisation Number 2 Op. 22 (2012) – amplified or electric violin and drum set, dedicated to Lynn Bechtold. Premiered by Lynn Bechtold and Peter Jarvis at DROM, New York City, December 2, 2012.
- Concerto for Vibraphone and Percussion Sextet Op. 20 (2011–12) – percussion ensemble, dedicated to Raymond DesRoches. Premiered November 26, 2012 at William Paterson University by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, John Ferrari – vibraphone soloist, Peter Jarvis – conductor, and recorded by the same group, October 27, 2012 at William Paterson University.
- Controlled Improvisation Number 1 Op. 17 (2011) – electric guitar and drum set, composed for and dedicated to Gene Pritsker, premiered by the Jarvis/Pritsker Duo (Peter Jarvis and Gene Pritsker at William Paterson University, November 7, 2011. Recorded by the Jarvis/Pritsker Duo, December 3, 2011.
- Tuba and Drums Op. 11 (2010) – duo for tuba and tom-toms, composed for Gary Buttery and Steven Buttery, dedicated to Judy Buttery, premiered by Gary Buttery and Peter Jarvis, November 14, 2010 at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, New York City. Recorded by Gary Buttery and Peter Jarvis, April 18, 2011 at William Paterson University.
Published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC.
- Rockaby for Voice and Piano (2003) – Ron Mazurek, Transcribed for Voice and Vibraphone Op. 14 (2011) by Peter Jarvis, premiered by the William Paterson University New Music Ensemble; Erica Tanner and Nicolas Doktor, March 28, 2011, at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey.
- Fugue in G Minor, "Little" BWV 578 – Johann Sebastian Bach, Transcribed for Mallet Quartet Op. 12 (2010) by Peter Jarvis, premiered by the William Paterson University Percussion Ensemble; Anthony Fabrizio, Nick Doktor, Anthony O'Connor and Margaret Wright, November 29, 2010, at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey.
Film and Television
- 2011 – Moonrise Kingdom Op. 19 – music for the movie directed by Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom. Op. 19 refers to all music Jarvis worked on including original music, arrangements and transcriptions. Published by Indian Paintbrush Productions.
- Surveying Carnage Op. 21 (2012) – percussion solos, improvisations for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, – season 3, multiple episodes. Published by L-T Music Publishing.
- On the Boardwalk Op. 18 (2011) – percussion solo, a multi-track improvisation for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Used in episode 10 of season 2: Georgia Peaches aired on November 27, 2011. Published by L-T Music Publishing.
- 1995 – Musical Outsiders: An American Legacy – Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and Terry Riley. Directed by Michael Blackwood. Performing with NewBand.
- Moonrise Kingdom (released October 16, 2012) – An American Empirical Picture presented by Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush. Written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, directed by Wes Anderson. Various compositions, arrangements, orchestrations and performances by Peter Jarvis on the soundtrack.
- Boardwalk Empire – Season 2 (released August 28, 2012) – An HBO Production. Georgia Peaches (episode 10), solo percussion performance of On The Boardwalk by Peter Jarvis on the soundtrack.
- Moonrise Kingdom – The Original Soundtrack; Various Artists, compositions, orchestrations, arrangements and performances by Peter Jarvis, recording label: Abkco
- Jersey Sessions Volume 2: Passing Fancies – Stephen Peles, Peter Jarvis – Percussion, Robert Pollock – Piano, Music for Winds, Percussion, 'Cello & Voices – Rolv Yttrehus – Composers Guild of New Jersey Performance Ensemble, Peter Jarvis – Conductor, Composers Guild of New Jersey, 1990, #CGNJ 0990
- Metalmorphosis: Metallic Music Op. 6 (2005) – solo for six gongs, recorded by Dominic Donato on Capstone Records – CPS 8796.
- Milton Babbitt – A Composers' Memorial; For Milton, Composed by David Saperstein, Peter Jarvis – vibraphone. Perspectives of New Music/Open Space Records, 2012, pnm/os cd 3
- ballets and solos; The International Street Cannibals Ensemble – Solo for Pete, Composed by Patrick Hardish, Peter Jarvis – drum set. Composers Concordance Records – on NAXOS
- Milton Babbitt: Soli e Duettini; Homily for Solo Snare Drum, The Group for Contemporary Music, Koch International, 1996, 3-7335-2H1 and NAXOS 8.559259
- Society of Composers, Inc.: Milestones; Night Black Bird Song, for 2 piccolos & 3 percussionists – Emily Doolittle, Capstone Records, CD #8701
- American Classics – George Antheil: Ballet Mécanique – Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra – NAXOS 8.559060
- Floating Bridge – ECM Tour; Floating Bridge – Kung Chi Shing, recorded live in Taiwan – Kung Ensemble, October Music, 1996, ECM Tour in Taiwan
- Destiny Travels Limited; Destiny Travels Limited – Kung Chi Shing, recorded live in Hong Kong – Kung Ensemble, October Music, 1996, #5
- Andrew Ford: Icarus; Chamber Concerto No. 3: In Constant Light – Terra Australis Incognita, Tall Poppies #150
- New Sounds From The Village; Encounters – Ron Mazurek – Percussion Quartet, Capstone Records, 1994, #CPS 8616
- Jersey Sessions Volume 3: In Search Of. . . Percussion Solo with Electronic Sound – Ron Mazurek, Peter Jarvis – Percussion, Ballet Mécanique – George Antheil, Composers Guild of New Jersey, 1992, #CGNJ 0393;
- David Rakowski: Hyper Blue; Ensemble21 – Sesso e Violenza, Peter Jarvis – Conductor. CRI CD820
- Charles Wuorinen: The Group for Contemporary Music – Percussion Quartet – Charles Wuorinen – Peter Jarvis – Conductor, Koch International, 1997, #3-7410-2H1
- Charles Wuorinen: Tashi – New Jersey Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Quartet – Charles Wuorinen – Peter Jarvis – Conductor, NAXOS 8.559321
- The Music of Rolv Yttrehus – Music for Winds, Percussion, 'Cello & Voices, Composers Guild of New Jersey Performance Ensemble – Peter Jarvis- Conductor, CRI CD 843
- Jersey Sessions Volume 1: Concertino – Roger Sessions, CGNJ Performance Ensemble, David Gilbert – Conductor, Revolution – Robert Pollock, Cygnus Ensemble, Joel Suben – Conductor, Composers Guild of New Jersey, 1989, #CGNJ 0989
- Percussion Music; Percussion Symphony – Charles Wuorinen, Charles Wuorinen – Conductor, Elektra/Nonesuch, 1988, #979150-2
- Music of David Olan and Chester Biscardi; Prism – David Olan, Peter Jarvis – Conductor, Composer's Recording Inc., 1986, #CRI CD 585
- William Paterson University – News
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- "'City Inside the Broken Sky'". Special Administrative Region Government. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
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- Charles Wuorinen: A Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Press. 1994. ISBN 0-313-25399-4.
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- Peter Jarvis – IMDb
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