Jonathan Kawchuk – Artist in Residence

Residency Dates: April 28 – May 4, 2023

photo: Greg Kawchuk

Studio H Canada is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Kawchuk, an established musician who writes and performs for film. While here he will be completing a series of field recordings in nature that he will incorporate into his musical compositions. Jonathan will be here with a crew of other musicians including Avery Florence, Shawn Fisher, and Jill McKenna. This group of talented musicians will collaborate on projects and perform under the Listening Tree on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6pm.

About the Artist

Jonathan Kawchuk is an award-winning Canadian composer from Alberta known for his innovative use of natural environments in his music. Kawchuk has a diverse background in music, with education and training ranging from composition and music technology to sound recording and film composition. He has participated in several music residencies and workshops, including the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Slaight Family Music Residency. In addition to his formal education, Kawchuk has completed a recording internship in Iceland, learned gamelan in Indonesia, and studied wildlife field recording in England under Chris Watson.

Kawchuk has studied and worked with acclaimed musicians and composers such as Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, and the Philip Glass Ensemble. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy and been involved in the Edmonton Arts Council as a jury member, represented Canada for the Berlinale Talents Lab,  and been a member of organizations such as the Recording Academy, Quiet Parks International, and the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology. His orchestral composition Lake Water was recorded with a full orchestra in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kawchuk has scored numerous films and web series, including the award-winning Fast Horse and the critically acclaimed Clara. Kawchuk is also a recording artist signed to Paper Bag Records and has released several albums that explore the relationship between sound and environment. His latest album, Everywhen, uses only three sound sources: the human voice, sine tones, and the sound of the Kananaskis Rockies, and was mixed for Dolby Atmos without compression, EQ, or reverb.

Kawchuk is interested in environmentalism and athleticism, and his music reflects these themes.

You can learn more about Jonathan on their website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Artists of all media and disciplines are welcome to apply to Studio H Canada International Art Residency – please check out the link here to apply.

Check out previous posts about artists here.

One thought on “Jonathan Kawchuk – Artist in Residence

  1. I wish i could have one month residency so that i can go painting the nature around your place…it looks so magic

Leave a Reply