Jonathan Zalben

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Jonathan Zalben explores the intersection between interactive art and music composition. Bringing live instruments and recorded sound into a space, Zalben designs pieces where the audience is the performer and the creator is the architect. Zalben received a BA in Music from Yale University, an MA in music composition and multimedia from New York University, and has also studied violin and composition at Juilliard Pre-College. Zalben has received grants from the Experimental TV Center through the New York State Council on the Arts, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Community Arts Fund, US Navy, and the National Academy of Sciences. His multimedia work has been presented at the Boston Public Library during Boston Cyberarts 2005, Art Without Walls in Central Park, the Knitting Factory, PS122, HERE Art Center, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark's Church, and Galapagos Art Space. In 2000, he was a research fellow at the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory and in 2003 he was 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's website ( won the "Classic" Web Award in the 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. Zalben's music for film, theater, and television has been shown at the New York International Fringe Festival, Chicago SketchFest, and the Slamdance Film Festival. 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. For more information, please visit