Dr. Jonas Baes is a Filipino composer of interdisciplinary works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America. He is also active as a musicologist.
Dr. Baes studied composition with Ramón Pagayon Santos at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City from 1977–82, where he earned his BMus in composition. He also studied musicology there with José Maceda from 1982–85. He later studied composition and musical politics with Mathias Spahlinger at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1992– 94. He finished his PhD in Filipino studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2004 with his dissertation Modes of Appropriation in Philippine Indigenous Music: The Politics of the Production of 'Cultural Difference'.
Among his honours are the CCP-LFC Composition Prize (1980, for Awit ng Ibon) and three awards from the chancellor, which earned him the Hall of Fame Award for best research at the University of the Philippines, entitled Gawad Chancellor para sa Pinakamahusay na Mananaliksik (2001–03). He later received the Nippon Foundation Senior Fellowship for Asian Public Intellectuals (2008–09).
As a musicologist, he has studied extensively the music of the Philippines and has written articles for publications in Australia, Germany, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the USA. He has contributed articles on the politics of the music of the Philippines to Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research on Contemporary Music and Popular Culture (1998, 2001–02, Macquarie University, Sydney) and Changing Sounds: New Directions and Configurations in Popular Music (2000, edited by Toni Mitchell, University of Technology, Sydney). He has also written articles on José Maceda and Ramón Pagayon Santos for Komponisten der Gegenwart (2002–03, edited by Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer, edition text + kritik). He later wrote the article “Mangyan Internal Refugees and Spaces of Low-Intensity Conflict in the Philippines” for the journal SHIMA: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures (2007, Small Island Cultures Research Initiative, Macquarie University).
Dr. Baes has taught analysis and composition at the University of the Philippines Diliman since 1996 and has lectured in Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, and Vietnam.