Jonathan Hannau

Jonathan Hannau is a Chicago-based composer and pianist devoted to the surreal, minimal, abstract, and colorful possibilities of music. He actively embraces eclecticism and explores concepts of narrative, drama, and stark expression by evoking a kaleidoscopic range of timbres. As a pianist he has been praised for his delicate, refined touch, his capable handling of the extremes of dynamic shape, and his uncanny knack for navigating complex polyrhythms. His multi-style performance history has helped foster a unique approach to piano performance, pushing the limits of what is possible on the instrument. His compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Dal Niente, ~Nois, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Ursa Ensemble, Ostrega-Uhl Project, Origin Brass Quintet, Disquiet Music Ensemble, 20+ New Music Ensemble at DePaul University, Lakeshore Rush, Lake Effect Quartet, the CCMP players of Boston Conservatory, and numerous soloists. 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. His debut album Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night, inspired by his meditation series: Music, Stillness, Solidarity, received a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in 2021. It was recorded through Atlas Arts Media and released through SCRIPTS records on October 13, 2021.

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