“Artists are subcontractors of the imagination, hired to produce access to a purposeful and adult version of the emotional pleasures of discovery, wonder, fear, and ‘make-believe’ of all descriptions”
— Scott Johnson, from Species of Counterpoint
Jameson writes and performs radically beautiful music centered around the finger-style guitar. His work falls somewhere between the jazz, ambient, and folk traditions: jazz in its use of improvisation and harmonic exploration; ambient in its aesthetic stillness and homogeneity; and folk in its reliance on the idiomatic quirks of the guitar as a catalyst for composition.
Jameson is a regular contributor to the Oakland and San Francisco music scenes. He has performed as a part of Ben Goldberg's Brainchild, Michael Coleman's Young Nudist, Zach Rogue's Release the Sunbird, Anthony Coleman's Retake Iowa, as well as with composer Jacob Zimmerman, songwriter Caleb Nichols, and the rock bands Churches, Grand Lake, Some Ember, Otherness and Rad Cloud.
He studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with honors in 2007.
2015 The Torn Attachment, featuring Theo Padouvas (album)
2013 Changelessness (ep)
2010 Desolation Happiness (album)
2009 The Big Feet (short film)
2014 "Harmonica Songs," Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, Berkeley, CA
2012 "10 Pieces for Solo Performer/Steve Reich's Pendulum Music," Compact Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2010 "Jacob Zimmerman & Jameson Swanagon," Trinity Chamber Concert, Berkeley, CA
2009 "The Big Feet" (premiere), Artist's Television Access, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Lonely Ground," David Patton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Release the Sunbird, Imaginary Summer EP (Brushfire Records)
2010 Grand Lake, Blood Sea Dream (Hippies Are Dead)
2009 Grand Lake, Nevermint (500 Records)
2007 Anthony Coleman, Lapidation (New World Records)