Jem Altieri - Musician / Hacker


Jem Altieri is a musician and hacker based in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Jem is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who is active in country, folk, punk, and experimental music. They also work as a programmer and sound designer with composers to help them realize their artistic visions. Their collaborators include John Luther Adams, Elías Krell, Tatters & Rags, and Glissando bin Laden. Jem has recorded and performed with musicians across many genres, including queer country artists Karen and the Sorrows, experimental composers Tristan Perich and Duane Pitre, and avant noise legends D Yellow Swans.

Latest Blog Post

27 Jul 2017 . blog . Transitions

Welcome to the new home on the web for Jem Altieri. I used to go by Jim Altieri, but, well, sometimes things change. I probably won’t update this site very frequently, but I’d like for this to be a place where I can point people to if they want info about music projects I’m working on, or have done in the past.



  • 2017

    The Wind Garden, an permanent sound installation designed by John Luther Adams and built by Jem opens at the UC San Diego campus

  • 2016

    SALT released by Tatters & Rags (violin, keys, arranging)

  • 2016

    Programming and sound design for Soundwalk 9:09 by John Luther Adams for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (more info…)

  • 2014

    Mandolin on Asleep at the Wheel for Karen and the Sorrows’ The Names of Things

  • 2013

    Violin on Sweep (feat. Sharon van Etten) for Leverage Models’ self-titled debut album

  • 2012

    Violin on Duane Pitre’s Feel Free released on Important Records

  • 2012

    Accordion and Keys for Matt Singer’s The Build released on Family Records

  • 2010

    Premiered Tristan Perich’s Elevation Maps for five accordions and five-channel 1-bit electronics

  • 2010

    Music education and technology consultant for Playground Sessions, a music education startup

  • 2009

    Drone Level Orange by Glissando bin Laden released on Carrier Records (violin, composition)

  • 2008

    the language of for solo cello released on eponymous compilation CD by Quiet Design Records

  • 2007

    Premiered Tristan Perich’s Active Field for ten accordions and ten-channel 1-bit electronics

  • 2007

    Violin for the premiere of Corey Dargel’s All the Notes and Rhythms I’ve Ever Loved at Zankel Hall

  • 2006

    Veils and Vesper, an sound installation designed by John Luther Adams and built by Jem opens at the Diapason Gallery in NYC, goes on to exhibit around the world

  • 2006

    The Place Where You Go To Listen, an permanent installation designed by John Luther Adams and built by Jem opens at the UAF Museum of the North

  • 2005

    Drowning Yellow Swans & Jim Altieri electronic improvisations released on CD-R by Carbon Records

  • 2002

    32 feet per second per second for solo piano and voice released on Aural Capacity, a showcase of Oberlin Conservatory composers


Drop me an email if you’re interested in collaborating!