Jason Cullimore is a composer of expressive, accessible orchestral music and film score. He also writes instrumental jazz, electronica and world music.
Jason has composed music since the late 1980′s. In his childhood in Regina, he studied piano and organ performance and recorded his first musical compositions on his Commodore 64. At Queen’s University he earned a B.Sc. in biology, but found himself spending his happiest times writing music. He switched gears for his Master’s Degree and studied music psychology and cognition in the Queen’s University Psychology Department. He continued to compose, with his first professional work being scores for theatrical productions and student film projects in Kingston, Ontario.
His music developed rapidly under the mentorship of Queen’s music school composition professor Norman Sherman, who introduced him to contemporary art music by the likes of Bartok, Stockhausen and Messiaen. After graduating with a thesis on the cognitive representation of musical harmony, he returned to Regina determined to pursue a career in soundtrack and concert music.
Jason intended to stay in Regina for only a few months, but an encounter with a local audio post-production studio led to composing work on the popular children’s programs “Incredible Story Studio” and “2030 CE”, which was nominated for a Gemini for its soundtrack. Jason pursued every composition opportunity he was given, writing for chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, film and television productions, theatre and ballet productions, and album projects. He is now one of Saskatchewan’s most well-known composers of both soundtracks and orchestral concert music. He also teaches an upper-year course in the psychology of music at the University of Regina (through Luther College). Today he continues to broaden his range and aims to take on major projects originating both in Saskatchewan and larger markets such as Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles.