Recent works by Jonathan Newman include Blow It Up, Start Again, commissioned by Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, where he was recently appointed composer-in-residence. Programmed by ensembles around the world, recent performers include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2015 BBC Proms. Other recent commissions include Prayers of Steel for Chicago’s Gaudete Brass, These Inflected Tentacles for chamber quartet, Vivid Geography for women’s chorus and chamber orchestra, Stereo Action for percussion ensemble, and arrangements of electronica for Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin. Other arrangements have been performed by Townsend Opera Remix, soprano Hila Plitmann, and the Minnesota Orchestra. As a MacDowell Colony Fellow, he began work on an opera based on the 1962 cult horror film Carnival of Souls, in collaboration with playwright Gary Winter. His works have been recorded on Avian, BCM, Brain Music, Cantaloupe, Cedille, Klavier, Mark Custom, Naxos, Potenza, and Summit Records. Upcoming projects include a Mass with texts by poet Victoria Chang commissioned by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street for their 2015 to 2017 Mass Reimaginings series.
B.M., Boston University; M.M., The Juilliard School
Fields of Expertise:
Music composition, 20th- and 21st-century music, and new music performance. Academic interests include a humanities-driven approach to the arts—illuminating how music, visual arts, dance, theater and philosophy consistently intersect with each other and the relative popular and vernacular culture. Professional composition work explores how disparate vernacular music styles and popular culture coincide with the music of the contemporary concert hall.