Wanderkook Project Team Captain

Jonny Peiffer

Jonny Peiffer is a composer, arranger, drummer and pianist living and working in the Seacoast area since ’95. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2005 with a BA in Piano Performance. He was a member of the UNH Dance Company under Gay Nardone for four years, during which time he received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant to create and perform the score for Nardone’s show ‘Wild Things.’ Peiffer has performed in dozens of Drika Overton’s MaD Theatricals productions, including the acclaimed ‘Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker’ as dancer and musician. He regularly composes music for theater, including Seven Stages Shakespeare Company’s productions of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Midsummer’ for the  Prescott Park Arts Festival, NHTP’s production of ‘Arlington,’ and Tony Waag’s ‘Sound Check’ at Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC featuring Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Brenda Bufalino. Peiffer is a member of ‘In Ears ’n’ Eyes,’ a visual jazz exploration. Peiffer created the Wanderkook project in 2007 for the WIRE’s RPM (Record Per Month) Challenge. In 2014, he formed jazz septet Sojoy and is in the process of recording their second album comprised of the Wanderkook score, which will be available in June, 2017. He is responsible for the creation of such projects as Shango Afro-Beat Orchestra, Desert Island Live (presenting live performances of albums by Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits), and was a co-founder of the Seacoast composers’ forum Aporkalypse Now. He is currently on the faculty at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center where he teaches piano, percussion, and composition.