Jonathan Russell

Jonathan Russell is a London-based composer, clarinetist, conductor, and educator, active in music ranging from classical to contemporary to klezmer. He is a member of the Edmund Welles bass clarinet quartet and the Sqwonk bass clarinet duo, and co-founded San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival. He holds degrees from Harvard University and San Francisco Conservatory, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University.
Nonclassical rocks the house at Scala

Boundary-pushing contemporary music outfit Nonclassical came to Scala, a clubbing venue in North London, for an ambitious evening of percussion music – a smashing success, which will hopefully inspire them to continue to aim high.

Tuesday 19th November 2013 Read more...
Captivating new percussion works from Nonclassical at Oval Space

Nonclassical's percussion concert at Oval Space combined old and new works for percussion, though it was the new pieces by Gabriel Prokofiev and Kate Whitley that came out on top. Such subtlety and sophistication in percussion writing bodes well for the future.

Tuesday 12th November 2013 Read more...
Nonclassical begins the Pioneers of Percussion Festival in Hoxton

Nonclassical's "Pioneers of Percussion" festival began with a look at "What's Happening Now" in New York and London, at the Macbeth in Hoxton. Many enjoyable new pieces alternated with Nonclassical's trademark DJ sets.

Monday 11th November 2013 Read more...
Astonishing Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat thrills at Kings Place

Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat came to Kings Place for an astonishing, breathtakingly original set of music veering between any number of genres. It's a sound at once raw and tight, terrifying and ecstatic. Look them up.

Monday 4th November 2013 Read more...
São Paulo Symphony and Marin Alsop dazzle at the Southbank Centre

The São Paulo Symphony and conductor Marin Alsop presented an energetic and polished performance at the Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival.

Monday 28th October 2013 Read more...
Nonsuch Singers evoke stars and light at St James's Church, Piccadilly

The Nonsuch Singers presented a captivating programme titled "To the Field of Stars", a compelling mix of recent and old music, at St James' Church.

Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Read more...
Ensemble Amorpha presents a program of new Swiss works at Kings Place

Ensemble Amorpha's Out Hear concert at Kings Place last Sunday afternoon contained contemporary music from Switzerland, plus a new piece by ensemble director Luke Styles. They showed their prodigious technical chops.

Tuesday 8th October 2013 Read more...
Re-imagining the concert format: London Contemporary Orchestra's third Imagined Occasion

London Contemporary Orchestra presents a creative re-imaging of the concert experience in the final instalment of its Imagined Occasions series at the Oval Space in East London. They're definitely onto something...

Saturday 5th October 2013 Read more...
Counterpoise presents a concert of evocative new works at Kings Place

Kings Place's Out Hear series continued on Sunday with the chamber group Counterpoise offering a selection of new works. The concert was tasteful and well crafted, though perhaps lacked extremes.

Tuesday 1st October 2013 Read more...
St Paul's Cathedral a moving location for Blitz Requiem première

The Blitz Requiem, a new piece by composer David Good and poet Francis Warner, premièred in St Paul's Cathedral last week – though it was the first half of the concert, featuring works by Vaughan Williams and Arvo Pärt, that resonated more.

Monday 30th September 2013 Read more...


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