Jonathan Zalben received an MA in music composition and multimedia from New York University, a BA in music from Yale University, and has also studied violin and music composition at Juilliard Pre-College.
Zalben has written original music for Son of Morning (Joseph Cross, Danny Glover, Heather Graham, Lorraine Bracco), Gods of Circumstance (Cineville: John Schneider, Brian Krause), Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror (Xenon Pictures: Jason Alexander, Method Man, Billy Dee), Kissing Cousins (David Allen Grier, Jaleel White), and Doubletime (Discovery Films). He orchestrated the music for Repo: The Genetic Opera (Lionsgate / Twisted Pictures: Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Head)
Zalben has received grants from the Experimental TV Center through the New York State Council on the Arts, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Swing Space Program, US Navy, and the National Academy of Sciences. His multimedia work has been presented at the Boston Public Library during Boston Cyberarts, Art Without Walls in Central Park, Knitting Factory, PS122, HERE Art Center, Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s Church, and Galapagos Art Space. He was a research fellow at the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory and has also been in residence at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam.
Compound Pilot, a net art collaboration with Marshall Jones, has been shown at galleries in the US, Canada, Korea, Argentina, Australia, England, and Armenia. Compound Pilot won the “Classic” Award at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival.
Zalben’s music for film, theater, and television has been shown at Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlin, LA Film Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Chicago SketchFest. His orchestral works have been performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the New York University Orchestra. Zalben holds a U.S. patent for a muffler design.