Biography, Releases, and Reviews
Jason Pfaff is an accomplished American composer and multidisciplinary artist with over 30 years experience making music. He plays piano, drums, synthesizers, and sings within his own cinematic genre 'Multidimensional' (blending Classical, Ambient, Pop, Electronica, Hip Hop, Blues, and Rock). He is the brother of the late musical force, Kristen Pfaff (Hole, Geffen Records). Among many musical influences, some include Beethoven,The Cure, Daniel Lanois, and The Flaming Lips. Jason has worked with many accomplished musicians and closely works with Grammy nominated music mastering engineer, Anthony Casuccio.
Performing since 1992 in and around Buffalo, New York, Jason's performances have ranged from Rock bands to Classical and Ambient piano, to Experimental Electronic based concerts with guest musicians and video artists. Jason has also produced for local and worldwide.
Jason released his debut (fully produced with vocals) EP "Spaceship Blues in December of 2018, while also evolving his multi-media business- Pfaff Music. Aside, Jason’s diverse and cinematic music catalog serves independent multimedia and businesses worldwide. Some notable music placements include the HBO film “A Place in the Caribbean” (2017), “Prisoners of the Dead” (2011), and a featured artist track in Future Music magazine (CD 2000).
Fish Sandwich- 1989-1991
Non John Defectors-1992-1996
Rainbow Girls (Cashcow Record Co.)- 1993-1997
Lunch Ladies- 1995-1997
Ribcage (Emergency Poncho Records)- 1997-2000
Jason Pfaff- 2003-
Pfaff, Flood, and Gorman- 2006-2007
Music for Ultras- 2016-2017
June 1997. Ribcage LP- by Craig Reynolds
"At its most successful, Ribcage's diary of postmodern play-time amounts to a double-back deconstruction of "pop" music, as well as a surprisingly inventive show of control over the raw materials of pure sound. Like a cartoon character who runs off a cliff only to find himself dangling in mid-air before falling wildly to the red earth below, Pfaff runs off the edge, only to watch the cliffs crash to the red earth below.."
Feb 2008. Battle Battle CD- by Jerome Lindberg of Buffalo Rising
“Overall, the album offers the listeners a sanctuary to be creative themselves; the cinematicism of the songs beg for visual accompaniment. One can almost see the end credits rolling as the drums swell in the album's final track Opus Aloria. One of the best things an electronic album can do is put the listener in a space that’s almost meditative, allowing them to hear a story in the instruments, much like how each observer of a painting will impart their own meaning to the finished canvas. This album has that quality. If you’re a fan of Ninja Tune, Mo Wax, Domino, Compost Records, or a fan of quality and interesting music, Jason Pfaff’s battle battle album should be in your collection.”
(full article here)
Oct 2009. Battle Battle EP- by Sam Inglis/soundonsound.com
"Jason Pfaff's album explores a variety of electronic music styles, from Mobyesque techno-blues to doom-laden film score...The ensuing half an hour makes for a rewarding listen"
Oct 2012. Moon Bone LP- by Brad Huff
"Pfaff's latest release "Moon Bone" is a brilliant melody rhythm collision sounding similar to a Moby album produced by Trent Reznor that Peter Gabriel once had a dream about."
Aug. 2014. Indie Son LP- by Wolfsong
"Eclectic and vibrant! The music felt like a trip around the world, a rip in the fabric of time . . something like water filling in all the nooks and crevices . . music so full of life and loaded with creativity, emotion and dreams . ."
July. 2015. Meal: the all american father and son improv experience LP- by Scantron
"Best album to come out of Buffalo in a long time. A breath of fresh air and one of the only well executed local concept albums since Electroman's American Googaloo. Wonderful arrangement that joins the likes of my other heroes Van Dyke Parks, George Martin, and MGMT."
Discography (bands and solo releases)
One Man Jason Band- (LP unreleased) 1992
Rainbow Girls- 'Brainbomb', 'Wet', 'Call Away' (Cashcow Recording Co. 7" single) 1994
Rainbow Girls- self titled (EP- cassette) 1994
Rainbow Girls-WBNY 91.3 FM Compilation CD 1994
Lunchladies (I-VIII unreleased) 1995-1997
Nietzsche's Holiday Sampler: 'Music for the Needy' 1996
Temple of Music (compilation-Atom Smash Records) 1996
Ribcage (LP- Emergency Poncho Records) 1997
Wake (LP- Emergency Poncho Records) 1997
The Window (LP- unreleased) 2000
Ribcage II (LP- Emergency Poncho Records) 2002
Battle Battle (EP- Nowon Productions) 2007
Pfaff, Flood, and Gorman- (misc.) 2008
Trainsong (single- Nowon) 2009
Animal Tracks (LP- Illuminaughty Records) 2015
'Closer' (single- Illuminaughty Records) 2016
How it Ends (single)- 2017
Misc albums, singles, and remixes: (includes various producing, engineering, mixing, and remixing credits)
Michel Weber- ('Float' single, misc.) 1996, 1997
Rob Scarfia- (misc.) 1998
Janitor Joe- (remix) 1999, 2016
Stefan Nicolo- (misc.) 2001
Jake Midlar-'Airbourne' (EP) 2002
Ronny Brown- 'Brighter Day' (single) 2005
Becca Rice- 'Trust' (single) 2006
Alexis Joyce- 'Advanced Being' single (and misc.) 2006
Laura Jean- (single, misc.) 2007
Y.E.P. Allstars: 'The Saints and Ballin Ballers' (EP) 2007
Kathyrine Joyce- (misc.) 2007
The Riblars- 'Sooner Than Now' (remix) 2008
Luke Pfaff- (misc.) 2009
Jeremy Neff- (remix) 2009
TIm Shephard-(misc.) 2009
Gary Rutkowski- Collision of Sticks-'Water' (remix) 2010
Ray Kelsey- 'Couch Cushion Forts' (LP) 2011
CL- (misc.) 2011
Eben Flood- self titled (EP) 2012
Hesu Whitten- (misc.) 2013, 2014
Jess Classic- (misc.) 2012-2016
Danny Castelluzzo- (misc.) 2014
Hans Zimmer- Destiny's Door (remix: 'Here Come the Elephants') 2014
Jason Pfaff feat. Janitor Joe- 'Serfs Up' - (single) 2016
Sarah Salsa- (single) 2016
Writing and Published works
Jason Pfaff- Ribcage: a collection of poems from 1990-2000 (33 1/3 degree Lions Press, Ventura, California (out of stock)
VIlla Maria College SKALD magazine- (misc.) poems 2006, 2008
Compilation (self published)- samples here
Mix CDs (playlists)
Infringement Festival. 10/28/16.
Serf's Up (feat. Janitor Joe). 03/20/16.