Schaun’s early professional career as a composer began in London where he actively explored interest in a wide variety of musical styles which included work with orchestras, bands, ensembles, recording studios, touring, and teaching. He joined The Lost Jockey ensemble, originally performing music by Steve Reich and Philip Glass, before including the Jockey’s own compositions which culminated in recordings at Abbey Road studios engineered by John Leckie. His two piano duo with Mark Lockett explored a more improvisational style and included some memorable concerts at the City University and Air Gallery in London, as well as residencies at Dartington College in Devon. Schaun was appointed ‘Composer-in-Residence’ (1982-1986) for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and stimulated a host of projects which included the construction of a modern, purpose built recording studio facility specifically for unemployed youth.
As a keyboard player, he was part of The Goose Band performing in the BBC’s Almeida Steve Reich Festival, as well as ZTT’s retrospective at London’s Ambassador Theatre with composer Andrew Poppy. His commissioned work included compositions for the Dreamtiger Ensemble, the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, and for media and sound artist Martin Riches at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Schaun’s early interest in film took off with two music scores for the late boundary-pushing experimental film artist Stephen Dwoskin.
Schaun co-founded the group Man Jumping, whose debut album garnered rave reviews and was a top ten album of the year selection by the Guardian, the Times, and Time Out. Man Jumping also branched out into the contemporary dance world, touring with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre Company and Second Stride. Enduring interest in Man Jumping saw the remastering and release of Jump Cut in 2017, and a new wave of recording artists have remixed versions of early Man Jumping tracks for release in multiple formats in 2019, alongside the remastered release of their second album World Service.
Schaun is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music, the University of Sussex, and the University of California (San Diego) on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.