The highly innovative and conjured world of American composer Jonathan Dawe joins Baroque imagery with a modern mix, cast with dynamic dramatic flair. Cited for his “quirky, fascinating modernist variations on earlier styles”(Time Out) his music involves the recasting of energies and sounds of the past into decisively new expressions, through compositional workings based upon fractal geometry. Recent pieces and productions have been described as “music of such vitality and drama” (New York Times) “a brake squealing collision of influence” (Boston Globe) and “provocative.” (Time Out)
Recent operatic productions include Nero and The Fall of Lehman Brothers with BOP Ballet | Opéra | Pantomime, Montreal, in addition to the premiere production with Ensemble Échappé at The Italian Academy, New York City; and Cracked Orlando: dramma per music e fractals on the ‘Beyond the Machine’ series at The Juilliard School. Other recent performances include Ordinary Dust with bass-baritone Devóne Tines, Weill Recital Hall; Oroborium, New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall; Labitorium artificiosum (Fifth String Quartet) Ruisi Quartet; Concerto per fractals dolce e forte (Fourth String Quartet) Jack Quartet; and The Flowering Arts with The Boston Symphony Orchestra.
This past fall Some call it Home premiered at Theatre Royale, Plymouth UK. An environmental oratorio, this dramatic work was praised as ‘immensely powerful” (One Plymouth) and “stunningly beautiful.” (British Theatre Guide)
Upcoming productions include a new opera, Being Ariodante, presented this spring 2022 at The Italian Academy in New York City.
Recognitions he has received include a Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission (Library of Congress), a NYSCA commission grant, a Fromm Foundation Grant (Harvard University), a Presser Award (Presser Foundation), The Charles Ives Scholarship (American Academy of Arts and Letters), The Bearns Prize (Columbia University), recording grants from The Copland Fund for New Music, two ASCAP prizes, two BMI awards, a grant from the David Cinnamon Prize, and the Herbert Ellwel Prize (Oberlin College) 1987.
Composer Jonathan Dawe was born in Boston Massachusetts and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory (BM 1987) with Richard Hoffmann and The Juilliard School (MM 1993, DMA 1995) with Milton Babbitt. He is currently a member of the Graduate Studies/Doctoral Faculty at The Juilliard School.
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