Live yangqin hammer dulcimer playing melodic lead, hooks, harmonic pad or rhythm on your track for $75
Collaborations include Alt-J, Sam Lee and City of London Symphonia (more credits & press below).
From sparkling sonic confetti to thundering horses, the hammer dulcimer is a powerful and versatile instrument. Found leading and accompanying from Japan to Ireland, through China, the middle east, Asia, India, Eastern Europe and France, it is the most celebrated and characterful pitched percussion instrument in the world.
Whether you are searching for a lead melody, a rich harmonic pad or rhythmic accompaniment, this instrument will add a unique, fresh flavour to your work.
I offer up to three tracks (each up to three minutes), composed by myself, you, or a combination. One revision is included in the price.
Mongolian yangqin dulcimer recorded with a Snowball multi-pattern condenser capsule mic (Blue). The instrument plays primarily in Dmajor/Bminor, but can easily cover Amajor/F#minor, Gmajor/Eminor and Cmajor/Aminor. Other keys are available, but only in slower passages.
Collaboration credits Include:
Alt-J [Mercury Award Winner, three time Brit Award Nominee, Ivor Novello Award Winner], Sam Lee [Mercury Award Nominee, BBC Folk Award Winner], Charles Castronovo, City of London Sinfonia, Blind Summit Theatre (Fringe First Winner, Guardian’s Pick of the Fest, Winner of three awards including Grand Prix at Kontrapunkt Festival)
Performance Credits Include:
Glastonbury - Acoustic Stage [UK], Later... With Jools Holland - BBC 2 [TV], Barbican Theatre [UK], NPR Tiny Desk Concert [TV], GlobalFest (USA), Rio Loco Festival [France], Calgary Folk Festival [Canada], Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre [UK], SOHO Theatre [UK]
Critical Responses to work I have composed and performed:
"Superb production" - Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries [Love’s Labours Lost]
“The evening’s highlight was unquestionably English composer Jonathan Whitten, who enthralled viewers” - Italian Insider [40/16/08]
“Masters in creating universes and the most beautiful harmonies” - Grace Bouchard [The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm]
“Beautiful storytelling, gorgeous music & very very funny.” - Simon Arrowsmith [Quest for the Divine Bottle]
“Just Stunning” **** - Edinburgh Guide [Lamplighter’s Lament]
"Unique and delightful", "A ridiculous, riotous farce." ****(*) - Cavelle Leigh, The Public Review [Kidnapped]
“a stroke of genius” – Croydon Radio [Facile]
***** - The Independent [Dolce Napoli]
**** – Lucy Howard, Guardian [A Midsummer Night’s Dream