jonathan kawchuk

North was recorded throughout 2013-2014 at various places in Canada, Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Portugal. All tracks were played back and re-recorded in the forests of Jostedal National Park in Norway which is home to the largest glacier in continental Europe.

Jonathan Kawchuk is originally from Canada. He has worked on albums for Nico Muhly and Ben Frost and has worked as an assistant sound tech for the Philip Glass Ensemble. For the past few years he has been living and recording in natural environments across Europe, North America, and Asia. He has played back and re-recorded his compositions in the forests of Norway, the Pacific Northwest and Indonesia in order to capture some of their natural beauty.




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  • Scored feature documentary film "Memento Mori", National Film Board of Canada

  • Commissioned to score feature film "Clara", Serendipity Point

  • Provided music for Vogue Italia

  • Scored the film “XY”, screened at TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood


  • Upcoming release of "North" worldwide on Paper Bag Records

  • Received the 2014 Sterling Award for "Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical" for work on "The Genius Code"


  • Assistant sound technician for the Philip Glass Ensemble (for the performance of Music in 12 Parts, London)

  • Co-Founder of audio branding company Angelfish Sound

  • Credited studio assistant on Nico Muhly’s album “Drones”

  • Credited studio assistant on Ben Frost’s album “A U R O R A”

  • Temporary placement at Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavik) under the supervision of Valgeir Sigurðsson

  • Studied wildlife recording under Chris Watson (Frozen Planet, Nova)


  • Lectured on music and the natural world at Paul McCartney’s university: the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

  • University education in music composition (BA Honours, UK), technology, and production