Monstrika welcomes you

You should certainly behold the talents & general awesomeness of two of my favorite string ticklers, namely Matt Lebofsky and Matthew Charles Heulitt, with whom I have the pleasure of playing loud, dark, and complex music in a new band called Monstrika. They have a special knack for developing rather intricate riffs between the two of them, and they even let me out of my drummer cage on occasion to contribute rhythmic absurdities to the arrangements. You may ingest the resultant sounds at the Ivy Room on 6/12/19, an evening which will also feature District 97 and Inner Ear Brigade. More info here!

Winter 2019 news

Hi folks,

First of all, welcome to the brand spanking new jonarkin.net! It only took a cool baker’s-dozen-or-so orbits around the sun for me to get around to it, but at long last, the public’s demands for a functional website (i.e., built in this current/almost-expired decade) have brought about palpable change. Perhaps it functions as intended, even! (?) (if not, feel free to level complaints towards yours truly)

Meanwhile, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for several projects that I’m involved with. My electro-acoustic collaborations with Ben Goldberg will be on display in a few different contexts; a rain check performance of his original production “Archimedes Lullaby” (the original date of which was postponed due to smoke from the Camp Fire), where I will be live processing an amazing group of musicians. Ben & I will also be playing more duo shows with my hybrid drums/laptop setup, so keep an eye on my calendar page for upcoming shows.

In January, I was thrilled to record with collaborator/composer Nathan Clevenger for his upcoming third album, and 2019 will feature some more shows for his large & small groups throughout the year. I’m also going to be recording with Ian Carey’s Wood/Metal/Plastic, and premiering a new loud-music project with Matt Lebofsky & Matthew Charles Heulitt.

Lots of dates, clips, and ramblings to come!
-Jon