Jonathan Melville Pratt is a Synaesthetic Composer, singer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, visual artist, and producer living and working in New York City. Jonathan graduated at the top of his class in Voice and Percussion from the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, and went on to earn his bachelors of music in Classical Vocal Performance and “Interdisciplinary Composition” from The North Carolina School of the Arts. Jonathan has been commissioned to compose and perform original music in Modern Dance, Ballet, Theater, Film, Commercials, Performance Art, and Pure Music. His scores and collaborative works have been seen and heard at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, The Guggenheim Museum, Yerba Buena Center, The Lobero Theater, The Old Globe Theater, The Public Theater, The Abbey Theater, Symphony Space, City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Soho, The Kitchen, LaMama, Chez Bushwick, and The Bushwick Starr, among many others.
Collaborators and Commissioners include:
Keigwin and Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Camille A. Brown, Tiffany Mills Company, The Public Theater, The Abbey Theater, The Old Globe Theater, Brian Mertes, Mimi Garrard Dance Company, Daniel Charon, Jennifer Nugent, Jonah Bokaer, Amelia Uzategui, The Julliard School of Dance, Cindy Salgado, Jessica Harris, Princeton University, The Julliard School of Drama, The Juilliard School of Dance, and Princeton University.
Dancing at Lunasa Directed by Brian Mertes, The Lower Depths (Brian Mertes), The Ramayana Directed by John Dillon, The Cherry Orchard at Lake Lucille directed by Brian Mertes, Uncle Vanya at Lake Lucille, Tone Clusters, Platonov at Lake Lucille, The Greeks: Part One- The War, The Brothers Size (New York Premier at The Public Theater Directed by Tea Alagic), The Greeks: Part Two- The Murders directed by Brian Mertes, Ivanov at Lake Lucille, The Brothers Size (Irish premier at The Abbey Theatre Directed by Tea Alagic), The Greeks: Part Three- The Gods (mertes), The Seagull at Lake Lucille and most recently, Una Carona at Lamama Directed by Orlando Pabotoy, The Brothers Size at The Old Globe Theater directed by Tea Alagic.
Score and Production for "The Last Day of August", Several scores for Films by Mimi Garrard including: “A Dream with Three Brides”, “Tea Party” and “Dreaming Chekhov’s Dream”, Scores for short films by JP Chan “I Don’t Sleep I Dream” and “Empire Corner”,
scores for films by Celia Rowlson-Hall “A Study in Colour” for Keller NYC and “Blue”, commissioned by Kate Spade.
“Thirteen” for Larry Keigwin’s “Runaway” at The Juilliard School, score for Nicole Wolcott’s “Verge” at La Mama, score and performance for Helen Simoneau’s “Adventures in a Foreign Land” at the Joyce Soho, score “Amniosis” for Nicole Wolcott at Duo Theater, score “Triptych” for Keigwin and Company’s World Premier at The Joyce Theater, Score “Two Way Dream” (work in progress) for Camille Browns “City of Rain” at Princeton University, critically acclaimed score “Thirteen” for Keigwin and Company’s “Runaway” at the Joyce Theater, score "Two Way Dream" for Strings, Percussion, Voice, and Laptop for Camille Browns "City of Rain" world premier The Joyce Theater, score MOTOR for evening length work with Brian Brooks Movement Company, world premier Lincoln Center, composition, performance, and musical direction Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard", "Uncle Vanya", "Platonov", "Ivanov" and "The Seagull" directed by Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman at Lake Lucille, Score “Expect” for Will Rawls- Premier at Dance Theater Workshop, Percussion composition and performance for new original ballet, Dracula, composed by Felix Venturas and performed site specific by Island Moving Company, Score “The Chain Suite” for Helen Simoneau’s “Flight Distance III” World Premier Hanesbrands Theater Winston-Salem, NC. In January 2011, Jonathan was one of 7 of 500 applicants from 60 countries to have been awarded the Sacatar International Arts Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil, January 2nd to February 28th, 2011. Upon returning from Brazil, Jonathan created the score for a mammoth evening length work "Big City" in collaboration with Brian Brooks Moving Company, which premiered at The Joyce May 30th, 2012, FLEXUS for Keigwin and Company's 12 Chairs- Premier at The Joyce Theater in June of 2012, composition and sound design "The Flood Verses" for Janusphere- premier La Mama, Oct 7th, 2011, a duo collaboration with Kennis Hawkins entitled, ".. and wanting", - premier St. Mark’s Church October 22nd, 2011, a new dance solo with Rashaun Mitchell and Stacy Martorana for the International Solo Dance competition in Germany March, 2012, evening length score "Drain Through You" for Katie Workum's "Fruitlands"- Premier April, 2012 at The Chocolate Factory, two new commissions for Camille A. Brown; BIND for "Stages"- Premier December 12th, 2012 at the Juilliard School and MANIPULATOR for Mr. Tol E. Rance- Premier April 6th, 2013 at The Kitchen. Recently, Jonathan worked composing, musical directing and performing all of the music live for a new production of The Brothers Size at The Old Globe Theater, in San Diego, new score "Thread" for Ingrid Grahams upcoming dance film shot in NYC later this month, new score "Drawn" for Hillary Franklin's beautiful new dance film "FOLDS".
Currently, Jonathan is finishing two scores for Keigwin and Company, one that previews May 19th and 20th at the Guggenheim Works and Progress and one that is still in conceptual stages. Jonathan is excited about this new collaboration with Tiffany Mills at BAM. Jonathan is also making strides as a director, choreographer, and producer under the name Robot Chuch creating many underground happenings, events, and multi-media works “The Playdate”, “After Never”, “They Have Gone Backwards", and “Victim Eyes” with writer/poet Ian Merrigan, Benton Bainbridge, Audio Visual master Robert Ramirez, and an array of talented performers.
Unique traits: www.robotchurch.org Other features include... Lucid dreaming, channeling, challenging, instant inner vision, west African percussion, tabla, beat box, poppin and lockin, keeping my cool in emergencies, even at gun point, celebrating and exploring our seemingly meaningless existence through the creation of art, teaching crazy people like me meditation to help take the edge off,, the ability to subsist on one meal a day, super pull ups (inquire within), excellent with most power tools, um and I can hypnotize myself to sleep in less than one minute. I also can make anything you want and well and fast as long as there is a budget and a proper contract!