Jonathan Hannau,

Atmospheric and vibrant, Jonathan Hannau is a Chicago-based composer and pianist submerged in the surreal, abstract, minimal, and colorful possibilities of music. He actively embraces eclecticism and explores the concepts of narrative, drama, and stark expression while pushing them down the rabbit hole of timbre.

His compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Dal Niente, Nois~, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ursa Ensemble, Ostrega-Uhl Project, Origin Brass Quintet, Disquiet Music Ensemble, 20+ New Music Ensemble at DePaul University, Lakeshore Rush, Lake Effect Quartet, numerous soloists, and the CCMP players of Boston Conservatory.

An avid pianist and performer of new music, his past project titled the Rocking Chair Series involved commissions of solo piano works presented alongside an interview with the composer; creating an inviting atmosphere for the audience as they listened to a wide variety of musical styles and insights regarding the compositional process. Along with being the pianist in Ursa Ensemble, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble focused on educational performances, he also recently became a member of Trade Winds, a group dedicated to teaching community building and leadership skills to at-risk youth.

He is currently working on the release of his first solo piano album Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night inspired by his meditation series: Music, Stillness, Solidarity. Where musicians improvise in a quiet meditative spirit for people to center themselves to.

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