The Harmonic Forge developed out of the musical imagination of Garry Jones, a musician and composer from Queensland, Australia now living in Oakland, California, USA.
Since 1994, Garry has been making musical instruments and installations for schools, children’s museums, public parks, private homes, and disability resource centers in Australia, Ireland and the US. He has also, since 1975, been a musician and composer for solo, small ensemble and orchestral performances (see our video page) influenced by an eclectic range of sources, including Irish, jazz, and classical. He has performed his work in three continents.
A major motivation of Garry’s life has been to facilitate music-making for people who don’t normally have access to it, such as those with physical and intellectual disabilities, are economically disadvantaged, in eldercare homes, and prisons, or those who believe they have no musical ability. He is passionate about bringing music-making installations into public parks and schools and other places of everyday life, where people can interact with others musically and communicate through a different language.
In the US, Garry has regularly collaborated with Erik Newquist, an artist/blacksmith, from Washington State living in Vermont, on outdoor artistic installations. More information about Erik can be found at http://www.newquistmetals.com
He has also designed musical playground equipment for Landscape Structures Inc. – a major global playground manufacturer based in Minnesota, USA. He is currently in discussion with a top German -based playground manufacturer to design a new line of musical playground equipment.