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Jonathan Morgan


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Jonathan Morgan


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About


About

About


About

Jonathan Morgan is a violist and violinist specializing in the music of living composers and a founding member of the Now Hear Ensemble, the Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. Jonathan has been recently appointed to the viola faculty at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. He is on the artist roster of the San Francisco-based record label Aerocade Music on which he released a recording of Nick Norton's Elegy II and is donating all proceeds from the recording to the ACLU. This season, Jonathan is giving world premier performances of newly-commissioned music for solo viola at the NOW Festival, Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST), Synchromy, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eureka Musical Minds of California Conference, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the UCSB Summer Music Festival, and the Carlsbad Music Festival.

Jonathan has served as the principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In the recording studio, Jonathan has worked with RAYMOND, a boutique studio based in Buenos Aires and Santa Barbara, performing violin and viola tracks to TV commercials for the Argentine fashion house, VER. Jonathan is the featured soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish, at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on their recent album My Hope is Arisen, released in 2015. Other works in Jonathan's discography include Made in California - the debut album of the Now Hear Ensemble - released in 2013, the Lament Cycle by Joel Feigin - performed by Helen Callus and the UC Santa Barbara Viola Studio - released on MSR Classics, 2012.

Jonathan performs regularly with wildUp, as well as various orchestras throughout southern California. Prior to settling in Santa Barbara in 2010, Jonathan served on the violin, viola, and chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Department. Jonathan has participated in several music festivals, notably the Banff Centre where he was part of impromptu recordings later used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara. His principal teachers and mentors include Helen Callus, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Victoria Chiang, Richard Field, WIlliam Preucil, Peter Salaff, and the Cavani Quartet.

Jonathan performs on three instruments: a viola commissioned in 2006 from New York luthier Guy Rabut, a violin of anonymous origin, and a carbon fiber viola by Mezzo Forte Strings, with bows by Bernard Walke, CodaBow, and CarBow. When appropriate, his instruments are generally amplified using a DPA 4061 microphone.


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Audio


Audio

Audio


Audio

Single: Elegy II

Jonathan Morgan - Viola
Nick Norton - Composer and Recording Engineer
Anthony Paul Garcia - Recording Engineer
Gaby Goldberg/Raymond Studio - Video
Nick Tipp - Audio Mastering

Recorded in October, 2016 at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UC Santa Barbara. Released in January 2017 on Aerocade Music.


ALbum: Made in california

Now Hear Ensemble
Amanda Kritzberg - Clarinet
Joel Hunt - Saxophones
Anthony Paul Garcia - Percussion
Jonathan Morgan - Viola
Federico Llach - Double Bass

Recorded August, 2013 in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UC Santa Barbara. Released in November, 2013.


album: my hope is arisen

Good Friday Anthems by Russell Shulz-Widmar. Text from The Book of Common Prayer

Choir of St. Barbara Parish
Roy Spicer - Director
Jonathan Morgan - Viola (soloist on track 5)

Recorded live in the Old Mission Santa Barbara.


Duet with Helen Callus

Duet with Two Obligato Eyeglasses by Ludwig van Beethoven
Helen Callus and Jonathan Morgan - Violas

Recorded live in the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.

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Video


video

Video


video

Los Angles based composer Nick Norton and violist Jonathan Morgan from Santa Barbara were both in the music department at UC Santa Barbara when the Isla Vista shootings happened in 2014. While obviously horrific, the way the community came together afterward was inspiring.

Jonathan Morgan - Viola
Nick Norton - Composer and Recording Engineer
Anthony Paul Garcia - Recording Engineer
Gaby Goldberg/Raymond Studio - video
Nick TIpp - Audio Mastering

Recorded in October, 2016 in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UC Santa Barbara. Released in January 2017 on Aerocade Music.


"I Delayed People's Flights By Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways" by Mayke Nas, in collaboration with Wouter Snoei (live-electronics) Instrumentation: 4 players, 4 chairs & 4 amplified blackboards with live-electronics Text: Peter Handke / Mayke Nas Program Notes: In the famous stageplay "Self-Accusation" (1966) by Peter Handke, a first-person narrator puts on the hair shirt.

Now Hear Ensemble
Adriane Hill
Amanda Kritzberg
Anthony Paul Garcia
Jonathan Morgan
Federico Llach

Live Performance at Art Share LA.


if it stops by Anthony Paul Garcia
Museum of Art, design, and Architecture
UC Santa Barbara, March 5th 2016


Now Hear Ensemble
Adriane Hill - Flute
Amanda Kritzberg - Clarinet
Marc Evans - Piano
Jonathan Morgan - Viola
Federico Llach - Bass
Tyler Stell - Percussion
Gaby Goldberg - Video


Exit to Enter by Michael Beil

Now Hear Ensemble
Adriane Hill - flute
Amanda Kritzberg - clarinet
Marc Evans - piano
Tyler Stell - percussion
Jonathan Morgan - violin
Jennifer Bewerse - violoncello
Federico Llach - conductor
Anthony Garcia - technical manager
Gaby Goldberg - videography
Team: Maddie Marcin, Muhammad Hafiz, Lorenz Schwartz, Skip Stecker, Patrick Chose.


Spin N' Play by Anders Lind
Old Little Theater, University of California Santa Barbara
Adriane Hill - flute
Amanda Kritzberg - clarinet
Anthony Paul Garcia - wheel
Anders Lind - wheel
Tyler Stell - percussion
Jonathan Morgan - viola
Federico Llach - double bass


Now Hear Ensemble's premier album, Made in California, is available now on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.
Visit NowHearEnsemble.com/MadeInCaliforniaAlbum for more.


Made in China, Made in California by Carolyn Chen. For more, visit NowHearEnsemble.com

Amanda Kritzberg - clarinet
Joel Hunt - saxophone
Anthony Paul Garcia - percussion
Jonathan Morgan - viola
Federico Llach - double bass

Video by Carolyn Chen


TV Commercial Soundtrack for VER Women's Fashion House. Aired in Argentina, 2014.
Music by Raymond Studio.

Jonathan Morgan - Violin and Viola


TV Commercial Soundtrack for VER Women's Fashion House. Aired in Argentina, 2014.
Music by Raymond Studio. 

Jonathan Morgan - Viola


Five Old French Dances for Viola and Harpsichord by Marin Marais.
Performed by Jonathan Morgan, Viola and Bridget Hough-Meynenc, Harpsichord
I. L'Agréable. Rodeau, Moderato
II. La Provençale. Gai
III. La Musette. Moderato
IV. La Matelotte. Gaiement
V. Le Basque.


Sonata for Viola and Piano by George Rochberg
Performed by Jonathan Morgan, Viola and Bridget Hough-Meynenc, Piano
I. Allegro moderato
 

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