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BIOGRAPHY

JonI am a London-based composer, working predominantly in film and television. Recent work has included scoring 5-part BBC thriller THIRTEEN; critically acclaimed 3-part Channel 4 docudrama THE MURDER DETECTIVES; emotional BBC Three drama DON'T TAKE MY BABY and tense Channel 4 dramas CYBERBULLY, starring Maisie Williams, and BLACK MIRROR: WHITE CHRISTMAS, the feature length special of Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed drama series, starring Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin. I previously scored the WHITE BEAR episode of BLACK MIRROR. Other television drama work includes the PALS episode of BBC Three series OUR WORLD WAR (2015 BAFTA nomination for Best Mini Series); feature-length ‘what-if’ drama BLACKOUT for Channel 4 and co-scoring several episodes of series 16 of BBC One forensic crime drama SILENT WITNESS, with composer Sheridan Tongue.

Other recent work includes scoring the award-winning documentary feature film A WORLD NOT OURS. As additional music composer I contributed to the score for drama feature film X+Y (starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan), working with composer Martin Phipps, and also to the score for Jordanian feature film THEEB (2016 BAFTA nominee for Best Film Not In The English Language).

I have scored two substantial contemporary dance works. IGNIS, with choreographer Hubert Essakow (and featuring actor Sara Kestelman), was premiered at The Print Room in West London in February 2014, receiving critical praise. My music for this project – combining electro acoustic elements with solo violin, prepared piano and analogue synthesizers – led to a nomination in the 2014 British Composer Awards in the Stage Works category. Extracts from the work were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. ECHOES, a second work for contemporary dance, with choreographer Ella Robson Guilfoyle, was premiered in April 2014 as part of the Roundhouse CircusFest, in the distinctive setting of the Maiden Lane estate in Camden, London. The score for ECHOES combined beat-driven electronics with solo cello and the work received further performances later in 2014 as part of the City of London Festival.

I was the winner of the 2011 Presteigne Festival Competition for Composers and my winning solo piano work, SEARCHING, was performed at the festival by pianist Alissa Firsova. In 2013 my solo cello work DISTANT PLACES was commissioned by the festival and performed by cellist Tim Lowe. I was also a finalist in the 2002 BBC Young Composer Competition.

As well as my own projects, I have collaborated extensively with other composers, contributing to a wide range of projects as an additional music composer, programmer and orchestrator. Working with some top film and television composers, including Martin Phipps, Sheridan Tongue, Jocelyn Pook, Ruth Barrett and Max Richter, I have contributed to a range of projects including television dramas CRITICAL, REMEMBER ME, WHITECHAPEL, SILENT WITNESS, WALLANDER and DCI BANKS; documentary series such as WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM and WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE; British feature documentary BRITAIN IN A DAY and European drama features ROOM 304 and THE NUN. In early 2014 I orchestrated a selection of Max Richter's film music for performance by the Holland Symfonia, conducted by Matthew Rowe, for a dance performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater and choreographer Paul Lightfoot.

I am a music graduate of Cambridge University and the National Film & Television School. My music ranges from entirely acoustic (such as my orchestral work for BRITAIN IN A DAY) to entirely electronic (such as my analogue-synthesizer-driven score for CYBERBULLY), but often occupying the territory in-between, combining the human quality of real musicians with the extended textural possibilities of electronics.

My compositions have been broadcast on national radio, including BBC Radio 3’s ‘Late Junction’ and ‘In Tune’ programmes. In May 2015 I was interviewed by presenter John Schaefer for an episode of New York radio station WNYC's 'New Sounds' programme focussing on my music.

As a writer I have contributed to music technology magazine Sound On Sound. Other publications include an in-depth article entitled “The Harmonic and Rhythmic Language of Herbie Hancock’s 1970s Fender Rhodes Solos” for American academic journal Jazz Perspectives (Routledge, 2009).