Jumping from one musical pond to the next has always been a hallmark of New York City-based electric/acoustic bassist Jason Smith. Most recently, Jason performed in the multi-media theatre piece Skinfolk at the Bushwick Starr. Formerly he performed with the interdisciplinary art punk band What Would Tilda Swinton Do, and in the past wrote music for the video art work of the band’s leader, Austrian visual artist and vocalist Suzie Léger. Before this he performed with a slew of improvisatory noise and jazz groups. Jason trained in classical music theory and composition, jazz and world music performance, and business at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Outside of performance, Jason is also a skilled audio visual engineer, technician, and installer. Working as an installer at the Brooklyn Museum (David Bowie Is; Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985) and production tech at the Rubin Museum before landing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eventually going freelance. Outside of museums, Jason has worked at ShapeShifter Lab, a venue focused on non-traditional jazz and other experimental types of music.