Kansas City, Missouri
Classically trained composer/arranger (5 years), bass vocalist (4 years), and pianist (15 years) with a penchant for the weird, the whimsical, and the philosophical. Please, come explore sound.
Jonathan composes contemporary-classical music, specializing in works for solo piano, choir, and mixed chamber ensembles. He often weaves narratives and political or philosophical ideas into his music. His style is rhythmically intense and layers quartal and quintal harmonies to create seconds, sevenths, and ninths, exploring dissonance in varying ways to create darkness or shimmering. He takes inspiration from composers who use similar styles, such as Eriks Esenvalds and Eric Whitacre. He is also very inspired by electronic music (artists such as MitiS, Said the Sky, KOAN Sound, DimRain47, Aeon Waves, Feverkin, and Owsey) and video-game music (series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Monkey Ball). He enjoys taking electronic or video-game music and making arrangements for solo piano, and he is interested in the possibility of composing video-game score.
Currently enrolled at William Jewell College (Liberty, MO) as a Music major in the Oxbridge Honors Program (Musicology/Composition/Voice) and as a Choral Scholar, with a secondary major in Philosophy, Jonathan hopes to continue on to graduate work in Music Composition and Vocal Performance, and potentially doctoral work in either Music Composition or Musicology. Whether he becomes a professor/lecturer or makes his career solely out of singing and composing professionally, he wants to continue learning, thinking, and musicking for his whole life.
Jonathan Daniel’s tracks