Jasper Gahunia is a DJ, producer, songwriter, musician, and teacher. Jaz first earned notoriety as a specialized DJ (turntablist) through local DMC competitions, which in 3 short years, culminated into Jaz winning the Toronto DMC title three times (’96,’97,’98). He represented Canada on the world stage when he became the Canadian DMC Champion in 1998. During his competitive run, he also shared the ITF (International Turntablist Federation) Western Hemisphere Team title with his crew Turnstylez, and, as an individual, became the coveted ITF World Beat Juggling Champ a year later.
Jaz has also recorded and performed worldwide with Grammy and multi-Juno award winner, Nelly Furtado & Grammy Nominated and multi-Juno award winner, K-OS.
At the Royal Conservatory of Music (he is a former Piano graduate), Jaz is a teacher for its first ever Scratch from Scratch: DJ Fundamentals course.
His roots in classical music and hip-hop have led him to create a new style of production that incorporates all of his previous musical disciplines and experience. In 2008 he collaborated with the Canadian Opera Company to co-produce, write, and perform, a series of mini-operas.
To present, he continues to produce new works in this classical/hip-hop fusion style having provided the musical score for RBDG's AV Input/Output, Punto Ciego and Gravity of Center as well as appearing on stage with K-OS as his DJ and keyboardist. His work with the RUBBERBANDance Group birthed his first and only full-length recording release to date called, Taking Notes: Music from Punto Ciego and Other Lost Thoughts.