Jonathan Zalben studied violin and music composition at NYU, Yale, and Juilliard Pre-College. He has written music for films released by HBO, Lionsgate, Discovery, and Sony Pictures Classics. His film music has also been heard at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca, and he has received awards for his multimedia work from the National Academy of Sciences, NYSCA, and ASCAP, among others. Read More...

"Hotel 22" directed by Liz Lo at Sundance Film Festival (1/24/15 - 1/31/15)

"Spare Parts" theatrical release on Lionsgate (1/16/15)

"The Pleasures of Being Out of Step" DVD release (1/7/15)

"The Search for General Tso" in theaters and on Sundance Selects VOD (1/2/15)

"Winterize" (Winterreise reimagined), Make Music NY, Chris Herbert baritone (12/21/14)

"How I Got Over" at the Woodstock Film Festival (10/15/14) and the Mill Valley Film Festival (10/5/14 - 10/11/14)

"The Guest" is out in theaters 9/17/14

"The Pleasures of Being Out of Step" at IFC Center starting 6/25/14

"How I Got Over" (6/21/14 - 6/22/14) and "The Search For General Tso" (6/19/14 - 6/20/14) at AFI Docs

5/31/14 "Ping Pong Summer" at Rooftop Films and theatrical release 6/6/14

"Just Before I Go" and "The Search For General Tso" at Tribeca Film Festival 4/16/14 - 4/27/14

Video Art at Fleet Science Center's Dome Theater in San Diego through NWEAMO 2014 Festival 3/23/14 at 8pm

"The Guest", "Ping Pong Summer", and "Space Station 76" at SXSW 3/7/14 - 3/16/14

"The Guest" and "Ping Pong Summer" at Sundance Film Festival 1/16/14 - 1/26/14

"3 Nights in the Desert" at Palm Springs Film Festival 1/4/14

"Winterize" (Winterreise reimagined), Make Music NY, Chris Herbert baritone, 12/21/13

"Comedy Warriors" on Showtime 12/5/13

"The Pleasures of Being Out of Step" and "Web" premiere at DOC NYC 11/14/13 - 11/21/13

"Redemption" airs on HBO 10/14/13

"The Muslims Are Coming!" theatrical release 9/14/13.
On Netflix, iTunes, Amazon 9/26/13

"The Short Game" theatrical release 9/20/13

"You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here" on PBS and at NYPL 9/13/13 - 9/25/13

"You're Next" theatrical release 8/23/13

"Sunset Strip" on Showtime 8/16/13 - 10/10/13

"California Solo" DVD release 3/5/13

"Thinly Veiled" at Quad Cinemas, NYC 3/1/13-3/7/13

"Beyond the Trophy" release in theaters and on Amazon 3/1/13

"Redemption" Oscar nominee (Matt O'Neill, Jon Alpert) for Best Documentary, Short Subjects 2/24/13

"West of Memphis" BAFTA nominee (Amy Berg) for Best Documentary 2/10/13

"Georgena Terry" at Santa Barbara Film Festival 1/24/13

"West of Memphis" soundtrack release 1/15/13

"California Solo" opening in San Francisco 1/11/13

"West of Memphis" theatrical release 12/25/12

New York Times review of "Winterize" performance

"Winterize" (Winterreise reimagined), Make Music NY, Chris Herbert baritone, 12/21/12

"Fire With Fire" released on Focus Forward Films. Watch here, 12/12/12

"California Solo" opening at Quad Cinemas, NYC 11/30/12 and at Nuart, LA 12/7/12

"Christmas in Compton" theatrical release 11/9/12, DVD release, 11/27/12

"Georgena Terry" at Napa Valley Film Festival, 11/7/12

"The Muslims are Coming!" at Austin Film Festival, 10/19/12

"West of Memphis" at Toronto Film Festival 9/8/12

"The Absence" wins best film at Comic Con, 7/16/12

"Like the Water" at Maine International Film Festival, 7/13/12

"Georgena Terry" at Bicycle Film Festival, 6/29/12

"California Solo" on Sundance Channel, 5/5/12

Langham Place Hotels short films "The Spa" and "The Room" released 3/20/12

"There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane" DVD, 2/1/12

"West of Memphis", "The Pact", and "California Solo" at Sundance Film Festival 1/19/12-1/29/12

"Bellflower" DVD release, 11/15/11

"Doubletime" on prescreen.com, November 2011

Interview in November issue of Music Connection

"Son of Morning" DVD release, 9/13/11

"Dance Safari" in Riverside Park, 9/16/11-9/17/11

"You're Next" at Toronto Film Fest, 9/10/11

"Bellflower" theatrical release, 8/5/11

"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" DVD release, 8/23/11

"Bits and Pieces" compilation album, available on itunes and amazon, 7/29/11

"There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane" airs on HBO, 7/25/11

"Hatched" plays at New Filmmakers, 7/27/11

Interview and performance with Mind the Gap on "The Weekly Comet" at thestream.tv, 7/14/11

Performing at the Tribeca New Music Festival at Galapagos, 6/5/11 at 8pm

Jury Award for "Goold's Gold" at Gen Art Film Festival, 6/11/11 at 7:30pm

"The Absence" at Tribeca Cinemas for NYC VisionFest, 6/23/11 at 7:15

"Son of Morning", "Goold's Gold", and "The Absence" at Newport Beach Film Festival through 5/3/11

"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" theatrical release on Sony Pictures Classics 4/22/11

"The Absence" at Arizona International Film Festival and Beverly Hills Film Festival 4/8/11 and 4/9/11

"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" at SXSW 3/11/11 - 3/19/11

Multimedia Performance at the NWEAMO Festival at San Diego State University. Fri and Sat 2/25/11 - 2/26/11 at 8pm

Performance at Space4art in San Diego, 2/24/11 at 7pm

"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" at Sundance Film Festival 1/20/11 - 1/30/11

Season 2 of "Operation Wild" now airing on Discovery/Animal Planet

"The Absence" at Orlando Film Festival 11/3/10 - 11/7/10

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival:
"Son of Morning" 10/20/10 @ 7pm, Clearview Cinemas
"The Other Side" 10/21/10 @ 10pm, Clearview Cinemas
Composer Panelist, 10/21/10 @ 11am, Kimmel Center

"The Other Side" at 212 Pier Cafe, near Main St. Santa Monica. 10/15/10 at 8:30pm

"The Absence" at the Hollywood Film Festival, Arclight Cinemas, and Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival

Video installation, in the show "If I Could Be Anywhere" at Nano Gallery, Santa Monica, 9/25/10 - 10/31/10

"Crash Course To Stardom" at The Celebrity Cafe

"The Last Survivor" at Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 8/12/10 at 6:30pm

"Youth Knows No Pain" at Maysles Institute, 7/14/10 - 7/16/10

"The Absence" at James Bridges Theatre, UCLA, Friday 6/4/10 at 7:30pm

"The Last Survivor" at AFI Dallas International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston

"The Other Side" on ITVS's "Futurestates" Website
Screenings at San Francisco Asian American Int'l Film Festival, March 17-18, 2010

Panelist at the Yale in Hollywood Entertainment Conference 3/13/10

"Youth Knows No Pain" at Film Society of Lincoln Center, 12/30/09

"Youth Knows No Pain" airing on HBO 8/31 and screening at Arclight, Hollywood 8/19/09

"Kissing Cousins" on DVD at netflix, blockbuster, hollywood video, August 2009

"City of Borders" at LA Film Festival, June 2009

"Youth Knows No Pain" at Silverdocs and CineVegas, June 2009

"Repo the Genetic Opera" limited theatrical engagement, Summer 2009

"Gods of Circumstance" opening night film for British Film Fest of LA, May 3, 2009

"Youth Knows No Pain" at Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center, April 28, 2009

"Here and There" at the Tribeca Film Festival April 22 to May 3, 2009

"Kissing Cousins" at Naz 8 Cinemas in California (Bay Area and So Cal) starting April 24, 2009

"Hillel's Angels" at Garden State Film Festival, April 2009

Repo the Genetic Opera on DVD and Extended Soundtrack, Feb 09

"City of Borders" at the Berlin Film Festival, Feb 09

"Empire" at Victoria Film Festival, Feb 09

"Repo the Genetic Opera" opens in theaters on Nov. 7, 2008

"Hillel's Angels" at Big Apple Film Festival, Nov 2008

"Empire" at Big Easy Shorts Festival, Nov 2008

"House Poor" with Mindy Kaling launches on Strike TV (10/28/08)

"Kissing Cousins" in NYC, LA, San Diego, Boston, and Philadelphia. Screening info at kissingcousinsmovie.com October 2008

"Bialystok Brooklyn" screening at the ACE Film Festival Lounge, 9/4/08 thru 9/7/08

Repo the Genetic Opera soundtrack release. Purchase on Amazon or itunes, 9/30/08

"Kissing Cousins" in NJ Independent South Asian Cine-Festival (9/19/08-9/21/08) and Seattle South Asian Film Festival (9/24/08-9/27/08)

"Empire" at Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival, Sept 2008

"Bialystok Brooklyn" at Asian American Writer's Workshop for Drunken Boat 8/28/08 at 7pm Repo the Genetic Opera premiere at Fantasia Film Festival 7/18/08
"Repo" panel at San Diego Comic Con 7/24/08

"Kissing Cousins" in Asian American International Film Festival at The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue @ 70th St. 7/16/08 at 6:30pm

"WTC" in LA Freewaves Second Life, July 1-7, 2008

"Empire" at James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 6/5/08 at 7pm

Drunken Boat Issue 9 Launch at KGB Bar on East 4th St. and 2nd ave. 5/23/08, 7-9pm

The Perfect Life at Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave. 5/19/08 at 7pm

"Kissing Cousins" in Asian Pacific American Film Festival at Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd. 5/4/08 at 6:30pm

"The Perfect Life" is inducted into the New York Public Library's Yip Harburg Political Documentary Collection 4/17/08. 2:30pm, Donnell Public Library 20 W. 53rd St. Screening / Q&A. 7pm, Bank Street College screening, 610 W. 112 St.

"Kissing Cousins" in Indian Film Festival of LA at Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood, 4/24/08 at 7:15pm

"Kissing Cousins" at the Chicago Asian American Showcase: 4/12 @ 8pm and 4/14 @ 6pm

"Kissing Cousins" premiere at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 3/19/08 at 9pm

The Great Wars presented in the Video Category of the Panliterary Awards for Drunken Boat Issue #9, Feb 2008

"Bialystok/Brooklyn" at Galapagos Art Space during Brooklyn Playwrights Collective's "Beyond Brecht Festival" November 2007

"The Perfect Life", NYC Premiere at the Pioneer Theater (3rd bet. A and B) 9/9/07 at 4:30pm

Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror DVD release on Lionsgate/Xenon, 9/11/07

"Bialystok/Brooklyn" at Chashama (by Times Square), performance, July 24, 2007
Supported in part by ETC's Presentation Funds through NYSCA, LMCC's MCAF Grant, and individual donors through NYFA's fiscal sponsorship

"Doubletime" screening at Silverdocs, 6/16/07 at 3pm

Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror theatrical release on Xenon Pictures. 5/4/07

"Doubletime" at Tribeca Film Festival 4/28 thru 5/5 (check site for times and locations)

Teaching MAX/MSP/Jitter class at Machine Project in Silver Lake (Los Angeles) 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 from 2-6PM

Performing in Drew Schnurr's Persee at the Regent Theatre during LA's Downtown Art Walk (Main St. bet. 4th and 5th), 5/10/07 at 8PM

Installation and Performance in San Francisco for Reboot: Dawn 5/22/07

"Particle Playground" at Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 12-2 PM. 56th and Madison. 4/7/07

"The Perfect Life" DVD release on Choices Video March 2007

"Orbiting" at Longbaugh Film Festival

"Doubletime" premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, March 2007

"Joint Custody" at Found Gallery in Silver Lake (1903 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA) reception on Sat 2/24/07. Through 3/24/07

"The Great Wars" at Park City Film Music Festival, Jan 18-28, 2007

Violin/laptop in Abstrakt Thawt, Live Electronic Music and Art at Dr. Music, 1812 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA. Saturday 12/30/06 at 9PM

Teaching a class in Sensors and Controller Building at LEMURplex, 461 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Saturday 12/2/06, Sunday 12/3/06 from 12-6PM

Video Work in Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara, Mexico. December 2006

Sound Work based on "We Gather Together" in Peter Stuyvesant's Ghost: Sound Walk/Telephone Tour. November 2006 - January 2007. Phone booth at 7th and B by Tompkins Square. Start point at St. Mark's Church, 10th and 2nd. free103point9.org

"Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror" sneak preview at theaters nationwide in the After Dark Horrorfest 11/19/06

"God's Forgotten House" at Cardiff International Film Fest 11/15/06

Video Work at LA Freewaves 10th Biennial of Film, Video, and Experimental New Media, "Too Much Freedom?" at Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire. November 3-4, 2006 from 7-11pm

Teaching a class in Technology and Art at LEMURplex, 461 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. October 21-22, 2006 from 12-6pm

"Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror" Premiere at LA Screamfest, Grauman Mann's Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA. Wednesday 10/18/06 at 7pm

Drunken Boat Panliterary Awards Finalists announced, October 2006. Video Work to be presented in upcoming issue in 2007.

Participating in "Snap to Grid" at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA). Opening on 9/14/06 from 7-9PM. 107 West 5th St. between Spring and Main in LA, CA. 9/14/06 thru 10/7/06

WTC in HERE Art Center's American Living Room Festival at 3 Legged Dog, 80 Greenwich St.
Installation on 8/13/06 from 3-6:30 P.M. with a performance at 6 P.M.
Performed by Jonathan Zalben, Chris Tignor, and Izumi Ashizawa

WKCR FM 89.9, Live Constructions: Radio Performance of "Organized Color Intoxication" and "The Great Wars" 8/6/06 from 10 to 11pm

Teaching a class in Sensors, Lights, and Robotics at LEMURplex, 461 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesdays: 8/1, 8/8, and 8/15 from 6:30-9:30PM

The Perfect Life screening at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival 8/27/06 at 6:30

WTC: a multimedia work in response to September 11, 2001
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at 15 Nassau (corner of Pine St.):
Installation: July 11 to 27, 2006. Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 12-2 P.M. and 6-9 P.M.
Performances: Wednesdays July 12, 19, and 26, from 8:30-9:00 P.M. with reception to follow.

"The Great Wars" at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator curated by Morgan Pecelli at Parish Hall, St. Mark's Church on 10th and 2nd. Thursday, 7/13/06 at 10pm

Compound Pilot to be presented in the D-ART 2006 Online Gallery for IV 2006, London, England and CGIV 2006, Sydney, Australia

New Video Work at Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Galapagos Art Space 6/23/06 at 7pm

Laptop Quartet at Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) concert at NYU, Loewe Theater, 35 W. 4th. 6/20/06 at 8pm

Laptop Quartet and New Video Work at the Knitting Factory hosted by Jen stock. 6/19/06 at 8pm

Original music for "Under the Sign of the Hourglass" by Anthony Cerrato at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th St. 6/15/06-6/24/06

The Perfect Life screening at the Boston International Film Festival 6/10/06 at 3:45

"Organized Color Intoxication" screened in Episode #10 of LPVTV, Sundays at 11pm on MNN, Cable Channel 56/84. 6/4/06

Violin/laptop at Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Siberia Bar. 6/2/06 at 8pm

Compound Pilot has been selected as a New Voice for Digifest 2006: MODS
Performance for the Opening on 5/10/06 at 8PM at Design Exchange in Toronto

"Organized Color Intoxication" at Noise! Sound Performance Festival
Upstairs, Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th St. 5/12/06 at 10pm

Compound Pilot exhibition at Design Exchange in Toronto. 4/21/06 - 5/14/06

Received a 2006 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant (LMCC Borough Arts Bash on 3/30)

Performing at "Avant-Garde-Arama" at PS122, 150 1st Ave. at 9th St. Sat, 2/25/06 at 8pm

Compound Pilot won the "Classic" Web Award at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, March 10-14, 2006 in Austin, Texas

Metropolart will present video work at DiVa, New York, March 9-12. 102 North End Ave in Lower Manhattan

"Civil War" to be presented at Spectacles of the Real exhibition at Opensource Gallery in Champaign-Urbana, with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities 3/2/06 to 3/31/06

"Two Ten" premiere, performed by the NYU Orchestra at Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street. 2/28/06 at 8pm

Radio broadcast of sound work at Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, 2/22/06-2/26/06, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

"Candy Cane" to be screened at Art Interactive in Boston, Opening Reception on Thursday 2/23, 6-9PM
During the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association's annual conference 2/22/06 to 2/26/06

Ontological-Hysteric Theater at the St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery (entrance on 11th street bewteen 2nd and 3rd ave). 2/11/06 at 10pm

Galapagos Art Space, 2/12/06 at 8pm

Compound Pilot: Installation at Interactive Futures 06 in Victoria, Canada from 1/26/06 to 1/29/06

Sam Lee's The Perfect Life will be screened at the Slamdance Film Festival on 1/21/06 and 1/27/06

Audio works to be broadcast at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 12/1/05 to 12/4/05

"Triangles" from Compound Pilot to be published in HZ Journal 12/05
Compound Pilot is also in Scan Gallery and Portable Gallery 12/05

Compound Pilot is in the 404 International Festival of Electronic Art at Astas Romas in Rosario, Argentina from 11/29/05 to 12/2/05

Multimedia Performance. Holy Trinity Chapel, 58 Washington Sq. South between La Guardia and Thompson. Fri 11/18/05 at 8pm. With David Bower, Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Taylor Krauss, Marshall Jones, Izumi Ashizawa, and Ronen Landa

Village Halloween Parade, 6th Ave bet Spring and 21st St. 10/31/05 at 7pm. Moving Light Installation with Taylor Krauss, Suzy Khimm, and Marshall Jones

"Particle Playground" in "Avant-Garde-Arama" at PS122, 150 1st Ave. at 9th St.
Fri 10/14/05 and Sat 10/15/05 at 8pm, Sun 10/16 at 3pm, Opening Reception 10/14/05 at 6pm

"Reflections" in "Art Under the Bridge Festival" at Dumbo Arts Center, 30 Washington St. Brooklyn, NY
Sat 10/15/05 from Dusk until 10PM, Simultaneous Projection on the foot of the Manhattan Bridge by the East River

Compound Pilot is at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, International Media Art Exhibition, September 2005

CMJ Marathon at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen (playing violin with Cabinet of Natural Curiosities). 9/17/05 at 9pm

Organized Color Intoxication Installation
With artwork by James De La Vega at the exhibition in East Harlem
8/17/05 through 8/20/05 from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. at 178 East 104th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue in East Harlem.
8/23/05 from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. at Le Petit Versailles Garden, 346 East Houston Street at Avenue C in the East Village.
8/25/05 from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. at DeColores Garden, 311 8th Street between Ave. B and C
8/26/05 from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. at La Plaza Cultural, SW Corner of 9th Street and Ave. C

HERE Art Center's American Living Room Festival.
145 6th Ave between Spring and Broome. 8/2/05 at 8:30pm

"Candy Cane" from Compound Pilot and Video footage from "Organized Color Intoxication" will play at the VIBE "Video In the Built Environment" Summer 05, public screenings in Chicago, Manchester, and Liverpool 8/2/05 to 8/6/05

Compound Pilot is being shown at Pendu Gallery (Brookyln, NY) / Folly Gallery (Lancaster, UK) / Open Source Open Ear at Mess Hall (Chicago, IL) / Samsung Media Lounge at the Seoul Net Fest. July 2005

"Particle Playground" at Art Without Walls in Central Park by the bandshell near Summerstage (enter at 72nd and 5th). 6/18/05 (rain date: 6/25/05) from 10am-4pm

Performances at the Loewe Theater, 35 W. 4th this month:
6/01/05 at 8PM, First Avenue Project (playing violin processed in MAX along with others)
6/16/05 at 7PM, Vibrati for chamber ensemble (part of group concert/recording)
6/21/05 at 8PM, Summer Solstice (Dr. John Gilbert's multimedia production)

Compound Pilot is in the Rhizome Artbase and the Seoul Net Festival. May 2005

Compound Pilot and Sensor experiments are in Chaise Issue Two. Release Party on May 6, 2005 at Southpaw in Brooklyn.

"Particle Playground" - Multimedia Installation:
April 19, 2005 to May 2, 2005 at Boston Public Library's South End Branch
Part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival 2005

Received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant. March 2005
Supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Yellow Wallpaper is in the Redstone Film Festival in Boston. February 2005

Compound Pilot is on Soundtoys.net December 2004.

Upcoming shows:
Thursday, 11/4/04 at 7:30PM at Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th St, Williamsburg
Monday, 11/8/04 at 7:30PM at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery at Bleecker
Tuesday, 11/16/04 at 10 PM at The Hook, 18 Commerce St. Red Hook, Brooklyn
Sunday, 11/21/04 at 8:30 PM at The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St.

Reciting poetry/playing violin at Creative Time's Freedom of Expression National Monument: Thursday Oct. 14, 2004 from 4-6 PM at Foley Square.

"Organized Color Intoxication" - Multimedia Performance:
Thursday, 9/23/04 at 8PM at RMI, 110 Greene St. #505, bet. Prince and Spring
Sunday, 9/26/04 at 9:30PM at Share, Openair 121 St. Mark's Place bet. 1st and A

"The Chocolateer" is a finalist in the NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness. September 2004.

Performing in Izumi Ashizawa's "The Blue Rocks" and did sound design for "Nicky Goes Goth" (both NY Fringe Festival shows). August 2004.

Received Experimental TV Center Grant click here Supported by the NY State Council on the Arts and mediaThe foundation. June 2004.

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