Jonathan Hartman

IN THE BLOOD, new concert work

I’ve begun composing my new concert work, IN THE BLOOD, for the 30th NOW Music Festival at Capital University. I spent a week thinking about my early influences and listening to a tremendous amount of music.   After considering it, I’ve decided to write for an ensemble comprised of 10 strings (3 first violins, 2 second violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1 bass), 8 woodwinds (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bass clarinets or bassoons), and a percussion group comprised of Piano, Vibraphone, 2 Marimbas, Celesta, Bass Drum, and a Jazz Drumset. I’m going to write a piece that focuses on phase shift, but also attempts to incorporate my take on modern jazz harmony.  I envision this as an opening work within the context of a greater series, which will eventually feature this concept along with jazz improvisation.  This is something I haven’t heard done before, and it’s been sitting in my head for years begging to come out. Initial sketches are underway and I’ll be moving the entire project into the digital realm soon.  i like to compose a fair amount of music on paper, and work out themes, harmonic ideas there before moving to my sequencer, which[…]

NOW Music Festival concert work

I have been asked to compose an original concert work for the prestigious 30th Annual NOW Music Festival held at Capital University in Columbus, OH.  This music festival has always promoted cutting edge American composers.   I’m honored to have been approached and asked to compose an original piece for the festival. A long time ago, I attended the Conservatory at Capital University for the first two years of my undergraduate education.  To this day I still fondly think of it as my Alma Mater, the place where I started the path towards my current profession.   While I was there I studied with amazing musicians and educators, including Michael Cox, Stan Smith, and Dr. Rocky Reuter. As a composer I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Rocky; he taught me much of the musical foundation that I work from to this day.  I never knew how thorough my musical training was until I went to other schools, and then worked professionally.  It was a huge strength and asset to have studied at Capital. When you look back at early influences, and how they inform your current work, it’s interesting to see the path that led to my becoming a film[…]