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Jonathan Morgan


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Jonathan Morgan


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About


About

About


About

Jonathan Morgan is a concert violist and violinist specializing in music by living composers. As a founding member of the Now Hear Ensemble, Jonathan has concertized extensively in California at venues like REDCAT, Stanford's CCRMA, UC Berkeley's CNMAT, Art Share LA, San Francisco's Center for New Music, Classical Revolution LA, the Piano Kitchen, USC's Fisher Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center, and Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The Now Hear Ensemble is the Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music, with whom Jonathan has premiered numerous commissioned works. In 2016 Jonathan gave the world premier performance of At Any Point for solo viola, chamber ensemble, and smartphone app by Anthony Paul Garcia. Jonathan has collaborated with many eminent composers, including Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Oswaldo Golijov, Joshua Carro, Luke Taylor, David Werfelmann, Dan Miller, Nick Norton, Eoin Callery, Constantin Basica, Anders Lind, Marc Evans, Dan Vanhassel, Mica Levi, Anthony Paul Garcia, and Federico Llach. Jonathan has regularly performed with wildUp in a mix of venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hammer Museum, Santa Ana Sites, Colburn School's Zipper Hall, and LA's Regent Theater - all under the direction of Christopher Rountree.

As an active studio recording artist with RAYMOND, Jonathan has performed violin and viola for TV commercial soundtracks for the Argentine fashion house, VER. Jonathan was recently the featured soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission Santa Barbara under the direction of Roy Spicer, and can be heard on the album My Hope is Arisen, released in 2015. With the Now Hear Ensemble, Jonathan recorded the album Made in California, released in 2013. Other works in Jonathan's discography include the Lament Cycle by Joel Feigin, performed by Helen Callus, viola, released on MSR Classics, 2012.

Jonathan frequently performs as principal violist with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale. 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 including the Carlsbad Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Brevard, the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, and notably the Banff Centre where he was part of impromptu recordings later used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Jonathan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Jonathan's teachers and mentors include Helen Callus, Robert Koenig, Derek Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Peter Salaff, William Preucil, Steven Dann, Victoria Chiang, and the Cavani String 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. Jonathan amplifies his instruments with a DPA 4061 condenser microphone.



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Audio


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Audio


Audio

ALbum: Made in california


album: my hope is arisen (soloist on track 5)


Duet with Helen Callus


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Video


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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.

Video by Gaby Goldberg


"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.


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

Video shot by: Gaby Goldberg


Exit to Enter by Michael Beil
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
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 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 Garcia, percussion
Jonathan Morgan, viola
Federico Llach, double bass


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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