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Jonathan Segel (composer) is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, violin, computer, electric bass and sings. Born September 3rd 1963, grew up in Davis, California (with a couple years side trip to Tucson, AZ.), went to college at UCSC in Santa Cruz, CA, studying with Gordon Mumma and Peter Elsea. In Santa Cruz he hooked up with Camper Van Beethoven, apparently for life. He moved up to San Francisco in 1989, moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to work for Dane Davis at Danetracks, a film sound post production facility, then back to Oakland in 2001, where received a Masters Degree in Music Composition at Mills College, studying with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and Joelle Leandre. While in Santa Cruz, he played with Camper Van Beethoven. A new Camper Van Beethoven cd will be out in the fall of 2004. In the world of improv and electronic music he has been performing improvised music for instruments and computer around the world for the past few years, including shows in the SF Bay Area, New York, Europe and Japan. 2003 saw the cd release of several improv collaborations with notable artists such as Fred Frith and Joelle Leandre, and with Shoko Hikage, and one electronic music cd. 2005 & 2007 featured CDs with singer Dina Emerson in a new duo, Chaos Butterfly.