Jonathan Leal

Jonathan Leal  is a writer and musician originally from the Rio Grande Valley. Currently based in Los Angeles, he writes and teaches at the University of Southern California. His first book, Dreams in Double Time, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. 

Articles By This Author

Jonathan Leal - November 15, 2022

SFCV chats with the genre-crossing player whose sound lies somewhere between classical, jazz, rock, and Armenian folk music.

Jonathan Leal - August 30, 2021

The lauded composer, multi-instrumentalist, and MacArthur Fellow talks about the diverse influences and ideas behind his latest recording.  

Jonathan Leal - April 30, 2021

Even when revisiting her 2009 Steel Hammer for a film adaptation for Cal Performances, the composer likes to jump in at the deep end.

Jonathan Leal - October 20, 2020

In concert, the layers and cumulative, syncretic power of Joachim’s music become clear.

Jonathan Leal - February 11, 2020

The power trio braids strands of music, history, sociology, and culture into a spiritual whole that transcends easy categories.

Jonathan Leal - October 22, 2019

Sutro Baths and the sea are the backdrop for a site-specific piece about water and life.