Academics

Faculty & Staff

Peter Janson, MM

  • Senior Lecturer in Music, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617-287-6990
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall,02,00608

Areas of Expertise

Jazz ensembles, Guitar instruction (jazz, classical, folk), Music history

Degrees

M.M. New England Conservatory

Additional Information

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Peter Janson is the “perfect combination of instrumentalist and composer, entertainer and educator.” (WUMB Music Festival)  He is a Senior Lecturer at Umass Boston where he began teaching in 1991.  His expertise lies in Jazz History, Jazz Theory & Arranging, Jazz ensembles, Applied Guitar, Music of Latin America, and general music history.

 

In addition to his university teaching, Peter Janson is a "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" (Dirty Linen) who brings world-class guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of new and traditional tunes from around the world. Peter Janson's original and compelling contemporary style is filled with artistry, superb technical mastery, and heartfelt passion: weaving songs about life and the heart.

 

Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen. His early influences were eclectic - from Django Reinhardt, Andres’ Segovia, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Les Paul, and Grant Green, to Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Brian Eno, and more – and remain so to this day. While attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston he focused on early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical and contemporary classical composition where he studied under David Leisner, Robert Sullivan, Thomas Oboe Lee, Thomas McKinley and others.  It was at this time that becoming his own artist, through intense study of a variety of music from his interests as well as his heritages, ignited in his soul and his style of guitar music that "falls in the space between the personal and the universal" began to reveal itself: his passion for folk, jazz, world, and traditional music, was formed and since that time his performances have mostly been as a soloist playing six-string guitar and ocassionally singing.

 

As an experienced independent performer having played across the US and Canada, from the legendary Freight & Salvage in Berkley CA, to the Montreal International Jazz Festival, to the iconic Club Passim in Boston MA, he’s had the privilege of performing with a variety of acoustic artists including American Guitar Masters tours with Larry Pattis and Steve Davison, Artistry of the Guitar tours with Ken Bonfield, String Songs concerts with luminaries Tim Farrell and Michael Manring, Friends concerts with Steve Hunt, Henrik Bridger and Bertram Lehmann, and has shared stages and co-bills with Ed Gerhard, Alex DeGrassi, Dakota Dave Hull, Chris Proctor, Jamie Bonk, singer-songwriters Brooks Williams, Shane Jackman, Greg Greenway, and Tim Harrison, Ugandan artist Kinobe and Celtic artists Aine Minogue, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O'Connell, and others.
 

His blending of technical virtuosity with heartfelt spirit has earned him critical acclaim such as “perfection ... highly creative,” “a true artist’s soul,” and “absolutely one of the best heartfelt acoustic players today” from reviewers and industry peers alike, and there’s no doubt he has bridged a gap bringing together the every-day music fan with die-hard guitar fans.  Peter won an NAR Lifestyle Music Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his Beautiful Day CD, and Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album Acoustic awards for his co-writing and performing on Jamie Bonk’s My World CD. He has composed and recorded music on 14 national and international CDs including six CDs under his name, music for video games, and music that has been featured on a variety of regional and national documentaries including CBS News' "Living in the Shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking."  All of his CDs have been featured on PBS, commercial and college radio, syndicated radio, Sirius/XM, Music Choice TV, Pandora, Spotify, and in-flight programming resulting in over 1/2 million BMI verified broadcasts.
 

Discography

•      A Long Road: tunes from Celtic lands, composer, arranger, co-producer, solo guitarist for fourteen songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records, 2013

•      Dream Logic: The Echoes Living Room Concerts, vol. 16, composer and solo guitarist for one song, Echodisc 2010

•       Compass Rose, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for eleven songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records 2009

•       Winter Gifts, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for eight songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records 2007

•       Beautiful Day, composer, producer, guitarist for seven songs for acoustic guitar, voice, bass, piano, and percussion, EWM Records 2006

•       Serenity at UMB: a Relaxation CD, music composer and arranger, UMass Boston University Health Services, 2006

•       Amningsro, compilation CD, composer and solo guitar performer of one song, THETA Music Sweden, 2006

•       En forsmak fran THETA: Musik, Guidad Avslappning, Naturljud, compilation CD, composer and solo guitar performer of one song, THETA Music Sweden, 2006

•       A Clear Stillness, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for ten songs for solo acoustic guitar, THETA Music Sweden 2005

•       My World, Jamie Bonk, composer and guitar performer for one song, Waiting For Winter, Bonk Productions 2004

•       Firelight Moonlight, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for ten songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records 2004

•       Firelight Moonlight – Audiophile Recording, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for twelve songs for solo acoustic guitar, Orange Music Pte Ltd. Singapore 2004

•       Sounds of New England, Vol. 1, compilation CD, composer and solo guitarist for one song, Mansfield Music and Arts Association, 2003

•       Sometimes From Here, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for ten songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records 2001

•       Across the Bridge, composer, co-producer, solo guitarist for ten songs for solo acoustic guitar, EWM Records 1999

Articles

•       “Teaching at a University.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitar Pro, July 2008, Vol. 19 no.1 issue #187, String Letter Publishing, san Rafael CA, pg. 8 (reference); pg. 72