J Why

J Why


J Marcus (aka J Why) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who studied jazz, classical, electronic and experimental music at California Institute of the Arts, Berklee College of Music, and San Francisco State University. He has been teaching drums for more than two decades and computer music applications for over a decade.



As a drummer/percussionist and a bass clarinetist, he has performed in such varied settings as the Spanglish-rock band Caramelize, funk-jazz ensemble President's Breakfast and with experimental composer Pamela Z. As a composer, J has scored modern dance works and dance films for Sasha Welsh/Victory to Others and Anna Brady Nuse/Straight to the Helicopter. His compositions were featured in Amir Bar-Lev's critically acclaimed documentary, My Kid Could Paint That.