Adjunct Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts

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Jeff R. Warren, Ph.D. is Adjunct Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has presented and published internationally on music and ethics, improvisation, soundscape, modern European philosophy, and psychology. Jeff’s creative work includes jazz composition and performance on double bass. He is also a sound artist, and was commissioned to create a sound sculpture for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. He is currently working on a research grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada entitled "The ethics of timbre." Jeff has a Ph.D. in music and philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London. More on his website at

Research & Scholarship

Selected conference presentations include:

  • Improvisation in Music and Human Relationships Presentation at Sound Lines, a conference of the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project, University of British Columbia, BC, June 2010.
  • Acoustic and Acousmatic Sound Installations: Water, Bog, Olympics Paper presented at Art Talks, Langley, BC, January 2010.
  • What do we know when we listen? Paper presented at Arts and Knowing Conference, Trinity Western University, October 2009.
  • Sound and Proximity. Paper presented at the Psychology for the Other seminar, Seattle, WA, October 2009.
  • Art-Religion and Ethical Responsibility. Paper presented at the North American Levinas Society conference, Seattle University, September 2008.
  • Repetition, Music, Ethics. Paper presented at the European Network for Musicological Research's Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Pavia-Cremona, Italy, June 2008.
  • Five Models of Musical Meaning and Ethics. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Aesthetics conference, University of British Columbia, June 2008.
  • Listening in Improvisation. Paper presented at The Musician as Listener seminar, Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, Belgium, May 2008, and at Northwest chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society, University of British Columbia, April 2008.
  • Is the Mystery of Music the Mystery of the Other? Levinas, Improvisation, and the Power of Music. Paper presented at the Psychology for the Other seminar, Seattle, WA. October 2006.


  • PhD Music and Philosophy (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • MA Religion, Culture and Ethics (Trinity Western University)
  • BA Music (Trinity Western University)

Awards & Honors

Artistic Work

  • HOLLOWED/HALLOWED (2010)            

Lookout Gallery at Regent College, Vancouver, BC
• Group show


Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC.
• Site-specific sound sculpture. Invited collaborative installation with Doris Auxier and Suzanne Northcott on the topic of the Langley Bog and Colony Farm in Coquitlam.


 Sound Sculpture, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, England
• A sculptural installation commissioned by ‘Creative Campus Initiatives’, part of the 2012 London cultural Olympiad. Conceptually, the installation explores water and ritual, drawing inspiration from ritual elements of the Olympic games and the ritualized usage of water in the suikinkutsu (Japanese water harp) and tea ceremony.


Acousmatic Soundscape, 15’34”; Eight Photographs, Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, BC
• Invited collaborative installation with Doris Auxier and Suzanne Northcott on the topic of the Langley Bog. Included partnerships with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and Trinity Western University scientists

  • BIRDSCAPES (2008)           

Acousmatic Soundscape, 16’33”, Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, BC
• Sound installation of the same name in an invited collaborative exhibition with Doris Auxier and Claire Goodfellow.

  • FULCRUM    2001-2009

Jazz Trio, Abbotsford, BC

Recent Publications

  • Improvising Music / Improvising Relationships: Musical Improvisation and Inter-relational Ethics New Sound, Vol. 32, 2009.
  • Ethics and Experiencing the Other: Trauma, Memory, and Responsibility. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol 1, no. 3, 2006.
  • Teaching Creativity: Towards an Interpersonal Approach to Teaching the Arts. Publication in conference proceedings for the 4th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Vancouver, BC, July 2006.
  • Towards an Ethical Hermeneutics. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health, Routledge: March-June 2005; 7(1-2): 17-28.


Twentieth century art music, jazz, popular music, improvisation, meaning in music, aesthetics, ethics, European philosophy, sound installation, soundscape design, and double and electric bass.