Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he has lived and worked there since. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph.As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by The New York Film Festival, saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. Pandora’s Box, a new film score for G.W. Pabst’s iconic film, was commissioned by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and premiered at Alice Tully Hall in October of 2017, with Jonathan conducting a 17-piece ensemble. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. two men, singing, a duo album with saxophonist Tim Warfield will be released the summer of 2018.
two men singing a live duo recording with saxophonist Tim Warfield is now available on all digital platforms.
two men singing was recorded live in August of 2016 in front of a live audience at The Susquehanna Museum of Art in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Tim Warfield joins Jonathan Ragonese for a one hour exploration of improvisation. The two saxophonists, aided by various found-percussion, converse, antagonize, and participate with one another with no pauses or intermission. Ragonese writes in the liner notes: “The saxophone has in one way or another shaped my musical life. From my first infatuation to my growth and development. I was fourteen years old when I met Tim Warfield, and his influence, character, guidance, and friendship have been a pivotal part of my development. We first had the opportunity to perform together – two saxophones alone – in the spring of 2016; I knew immediately that, as a testament of my gratitude, and for the pure joy of the experience, I wanted to do it again and record it. two men singing is a document of that experience: surrounded by a group of loving and supportive individuals.”
Xiomara Laugart & String Sextet
This April, I premiered 10 new works for string sextet with Xiomara Laugart, and an amazing ensemble featuring Axel Laugart and Steve Wilson. This music will be performed more in the future, stay tuned for upcoming shows.
Mother Goose and Other Tales
In November I had the incredible opportunity to premiere an old work of mine, Mother Goose along with a new work entitled Uncle Wiggly at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. For further information feel free to contact me.
Premiere of Pandora's Box
In October of 2017 the film score to the iconic film was premiered at Alice Tully Hall. For more information visit the new page dedicated to the work, with photos by Jonno Rattman.
Monthly Contributor - "Audio Outtro"
Online magazine, by New York, for New York, featuring artists and their experience. Poems, plays, photography, journalism, music. Links below for each guest and their track:
Video of 'non-poem 4' premiere
featuring: Markd Dover & Jeremy JOrdan (April 2017 @ National Sawdust)
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEW
Righteous Girls album gathering blue received praise in Downbeat. non-poem 1 was called, "elegiac, gravity-defying..."
RIghteous Girls New Album - OUT NOW
Erika Dohi & Gina IZZO have released their new Album - Gathering Blue
Included on the album is a work of mine: non-poem 1. For more information visit their website, and buy the album at any major distributor of physical or digital music. www.righteousgirls.com