Jonathan Newman composes music rich with rhythmic drive and intricate sophistication. A recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Newman creates broadly colored musical works, often incorporating styles of pop, blues, jazz, folk, and funk into otherwise classical models. Upcoming projects include Stereo Action, a commission for percussion ensemble, and a new work for massed winds premiering in 2010. Recent commissions include Symphony No. 1- My Hands Are a City, a wind ensemble consortium commission based on themes of mid-century American Beat Culture, Concertino, for flute solo, chamber winds, and piano, and Climbing Parnassus, commissioned by the 2008 Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference. Other recent performances include The Vinyl Six, written for the chamber group Avian Music, arrangements of electronica for Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin, and Metropolitan, premiered by the Chicago Youth Symphony 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 BCM, Brain Music, Cantaloupe, Klavier, Mark Custom, Naxos, and Summit Records. Born in 1972, Newman holds degrees from Boston University's School for the Arts (MusB), where he studied composition with Richard Cornell and Charles Fussell, and The Juilliard School (MusM), where he studied with composers John Corigliano and David Del Tredici.
Works for Winds
- As the scent of spring rain
- Avenue X
- Climbing Parnassus
- Concertino (flute solo, chamber winds, and piano)
- De Profundis
- Moon by Night
- OK Feel Good
- The Rivers of Bowery
- Sowing Useful Truths
- Symphony No. 1 ("My Hands Are a City")
- Uncle Sid
- Jonathan Newman - Official Website
- Salzman, Timothy, editor. (2012) A Composer's Insight. Volume 5. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 155–164.