biography

Calvin LL. Jones "Cal" is an American audio engineer, self-taught painter, electronics maker, archeologist, toy ecologist, and sound designer with the Grammy award-winning Kronos Quartet. Born in Germany 1979, he holds a BFA from FSU School of Theatre (2005), and multiple technical degrees in electronic design, soldering, and programming. Cal is apprentice in Anti Theory, the zen art of synth instrument making, with Errist Reed Ghazala, the founding-father of DIY maker movement Circuit Bending

Founded Soular Sound in 2000, his first live sound production company, Cal has since had the honor to have audio engineered for over 20 years with professionals such as: Alan Gerber, Bobby McFerrin, Davis Gaines, Ellis Marsalis, Hank Williams III, Inner Circle, Kronos Quartet, Melt Banana, Mike Patton, Miranda July, Morton Subotnick, Nestor Torres, Pauline Oliveros, Tibetan Monks Drepung Gomang, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Wailers, Zakir Hussain and many other world-class musicians and accomplished stage performers

Inside Kronos Quartet (2007-2016), Calvin worked as sound designer & technical director associate, built new performances with Kronos collaborators, and managed travel logistics for worldwide Quartet tours. Under the vision of Kronos artistic director David Harrington, Calvin mixed ambient audio collages, collected and arranged found-object "musical junkyard" stage sets, fabricated electronic sound & light touring stage props and other experimental Quartet instrumentation. His collaborative work with Kronos can be seen in concert performances of: Music From 4 Fences, A Chinese Home, Black Angels , Awakening, and Grammy award-winning Sun Rings. He has traveled with the Quartet for worldwide concert premieres including: NYC Carnegie Hall, London Barbican Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Paris UNESCO, and the Sydney Opera House

Calvin has sound production designed with diverse cultural arts organizations such as: World Arts West's San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (2008 thru 2020), Florida Folk Festival, Lines Ballet, Otherminds, Black Choreographers Festival, Rainbow Festival, ODC Theater, Theatre Artaud, and West Wave Dance Festival. His sound production work with the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival was recognized by SF dance critics as SF Gate's 2012 MVP Best of Dance. His music composition for modern dances Telios Telios and Inspirare, choreographed by Sara Shelton Mann and presented by ODC Theater, were both recognized by SF critics as Best of SF Dance - Top 10 in 2006 and 2008

Cal is an active member of the non-profit volunteer community. He shares his talents in teaching and love for electronics at the SF Bay Area Maker Faire Learning to solder workshops sponsored by Radio Shack. He self-produced an ongoing noise performance showcase series at 621 Gallery along with workshops including Intro to DIY Circuit Bending, and he co-produced the Submersive Sounds Hip-hop cipher showcase series at 621. Cal's mission in non-profit arts organization focuses primarily on the preservation and re-creation of society rites and places of ritual. His past art shows include; Football Church (2017): a conceptual sculpture installation, Ghost in the Toy (2012): a hands-on circuit bend instruments exhibit, Contemplation of the Animalism / Tree in a Box (2011): a painting and photo retrospective spanning 25 years of artwork

Cal is guest DJ host on V89 WVFS Tallahassee and operates Florida-based electronics workshop and sound mix studio. He is a member of Noise Ordinance and collector of vintage Made in China electronic baby toys . His latest project is the Cave Art Gallery

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