B i o g r a p h y
I spent decades on stages, in front of cameras, in rehearsal studios and behind microphones, acting, performing and telling stories. Then an awesome director and good friend asked me to write some music for a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and everything changed...
A composer/writer who speaks the language of directors and actors. Music and song for theater and film must first and foremost support the story we're telling.
I love performing. A lot. But maybe I love writing more. Music and song have the power to create mood and environment, to reveal hidden truths and emotions, to transform a scene, to lift the pace and change the rhythm of a moving image. Harnessing the twelve tone scaly beast of music and putting it to work in the service of our stories is a joy, a privilege, a calling. And of course, it's the reason you're here. Writing samples for theater and film are accessible on these webpages. Enjoy!
Opening night remarks for Gold Mountain during our Spike150 performances in Salt Lake City.
Jason Ma (馬智培) , a son of an immigrant family and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. In addition to writing, he is an actor who has performed extensively on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters and many international venues. Jason is the ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 recipient of the Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist. He wrote the music, book and lyrics for GOLD MOUNTAIN, which was performed as a key commemorative event for Utah's Spike 150 anniversary celebrations in 2019. GOLD MOUNTAIN was also presented in a 2017 concert at TheTimesCenter in New York City by the National Asian Artists Project in partnership with Prospect Theater Company, as well as selected for the 2016 ASCAP/ DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. With librettist/co-lyricist Christine Toy Johnson, Jason wrote music and lyrics for the full-length musical BARCELONA, which was subsequently selected for Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals and currently, they are writing and developing the new original musical BROKEN GROUND, a commissioned work for Village Theatre.