Composition, performance, video
Since his move to Santa Fe from New York City in 2001, Jonas has worked primarily as a composer and video artist, receiving many commissions for composition and large scale intermedia projects in Santa Fe, the US and Europe. He has written numerous commissions for new music ensembles, soundtracks, new circus, documentaries, and installations. Beginning in 2001, his commissions have consistently grown in scope and, needing a "home" for these expansive projects, Jonas and partner Molly Sturges built the non-profit, Littleglobe in 2005 (littleglobe.org). With Littleglobe's help, the collaborating couple have created works for large-scale installations,
theater pieces, and multi-day festivals, as well as large works in partnership with communities in rural New Mexico and around the world.
Among Jonas' recent commissions are multiple pieces for the Santa Fe Opera, "In Situ" performances for SITE Santa Fe biennials and live soundtracks for silent films at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and Taos Film Festival, among others. He has written pieces for the
Library of Congress Film Program, the New Mexico Film Office, and the Mexican Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City), in addition to works in collaborative community for the European Union Festival of Culture (Cork, Ireland). Jonas is currently engaged with a number of new projects including a multiple year intermedia and music piece GARDEN with the Del Sol String Quartet (San Francisco), new concerts and recordings with his Santa Fe/NYC ensembles Rrake and Sun Spits Cherries and the next iteration of the Jonas/Sturges IN SITU site-based compositions.
US Artist Fellow 2008/09
Along with partner, Molly Sturges, Jonas is 2008/09 recipient of the
United States Artists Fellowship Award in music, a distinction given
to a small group of US-based artists a year. This award was given to
Jonas/Sturges for their work involving collaborative process, context, intermedia, interdisciplinary performance, immersion and community engagement. unitedstatesartists.org