- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2009
*** Studio Equipment ***
piano, recording equipment, guitar, tenor sax, large dedicated studio,
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some of the necessary musical materials, pieces and worksheets. Students should have their own instrument, metronome and any extra music that they personally would like to work on.
*** Specialties ***
I have training in classical guitar, but I have spent many years playing a multitude of different styles of guitar including jazz and spent a period of time in Brazil where I studied bossa nova. Before beginning serious study of classical guitar, I was deeply involved in the study of jazz guitar, but made the decision to explore improvisation on a different instrument.
My experience as a jazz pianist has largely been centered around organizing jazz and improvisation groups which were the vehicle for either my arrangements or original compositions. As a composer I have sought to explore using different methods for facilitating improvisation amongst musicians of various skill levels and backgrounds and have thus explored free improvisation, graphical scoring, sound painting and other methods.
Additionally I've been involved with dramatic and musical theater for many years, having participated as an actor, performer, as well as a musician.
I perform and have my compositions performed throughout New York City on a regular basis.
Jonah R. is a Brooklyn, NY based improviser, pianist, composer and sound designer striving to construct intuitive music. He has performed throughout the US and performs regularly as an improvisor in New York City venues The Firehouse Space, COMA, Douglass Street Music Collective, Ibeam, Spectrum and many others. Jonah performs regularly with members of the avant-garde jazz and experimental community such as Daniel Carter, Lukas Ligeti, Charles Downs (Rashid Bakr), Kevin Shea, James Ilgenfritz, Jean Carla Rodea, Blaise Siwula, Levy Lorenzo, Anna Webber, Sam Kulik, Martin Loyato Quintet, Jessica Pavone, Erika Kapin and many, many others. He has presented compositions and collaborations with Ensemble Sans Maître and at HERE arts center for AOMC's dance performance 'barrish', Dixon Place and the Bushwick Starr with Claire Moodey for the interdisciplinary work Spectral Findings and at the Gershwin Hotel as part of Vicky Chow's 'Contagious Sounds' series featuring the Heavy Hands Doublebass Quartet.+ Read More
Jonah has been such a gift to our little Jacob. He is so funny and engaging, Jacob has excelled so much in the past several months. Not only is he more excited for his lessons, he's also much more engaged with practicing. The lessons are simply but theres plenty of room for advancement.
Hes a wonderful addition to our family and has really formed such a wonderful, caring bond with our son. Would highly recommend taking lessons.
Jonah is knowledgeable about so many different aspects of music, I felt like I could ask him anything! Lessons are fun and he knows how to meet you at whatever level you're at and push you farther. I really appreciate how he can share technical info in a way that is accessible. Highly recommend!+ Read More
Jonah is hilarious and engaging, and knows a ton about audio engineering. It's great to work with someone with so much experience, and cool to hear about all the projects he's working on. I'm a senior in high school going to school for audio engineering next year, and Jonah helped me get into my top choice for college.+ Read More
Jonah is an incredible teacher with lots of enthusiasm and even more patience. He was great with my two daughters: my youngest was interested in standard beginner piano lessons, but with my oldest he's done a mix of piano, guitar, improv, and composition. Both have a lot of fun in their lessons, and have improved quite a bit (I'm a musician as well, and am impressed with their progress). I would highly recommend Jonah for creative students with wide ranging interests; he was able to tailor lessons to exactly what we needed.+ Read More