The story so far...
Jonathan Sindelman is an accomplished keyboardist, programmer, arranger and composer, well known for his contributions in contemporary music. Originally from Los Angeles, Jonathan was self-taught on piano, writing songs from the age of 5, and later an early demo of original compositions caught the attention of University of Oregon, leading to invaluable study and contact with such celebrated composers as Philip Glass, Krzysztof Penderecki and George Crumb.
Classical Music and progressive rock were staples from an early age, though it wasn't long before Jonathan found himself irreparably bitten by the jazz bug, moonlighting in club scenes around Eugene and Portland and honing his skills while concurrently hosting a jazz radio program at the university station (KWVA FM). Invitations grew to cover live music, and a fateful trip to document the Earshot Festival in Seattle became the foreword to a new chapter in both life and music.
The move to Seattle was a clear choice, however upon arriving in 2001, events did not unfold quite like best laid plans. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Jonathan saw a fork in the road, choosing the route that ultimately became a healing path toward one single purpose -- Giving back to the Music.
The first steps appeared in the form of a question: "If not creating Music for myself, then whose Music shall I play?" The answer came swift and strong in a meditation: "Play the Music of Yes". In a matter of days an ad appeared for a tribute band that was forming around Yes. All that was missing was a keyboard player! And while greatness seldom happens overnight, the right lineup eventually found its place. Parallels - The Music of Yes became a mighty force and an equally strong family, generating a ripple effect that touched throughout the Yes community, and cultivating friendships around and within the band itself.
By the spring of 2008, a chance meeting took place as Jonathan boarded a packed ferry to the San Juan Islands. Sitting in the car directly in front of him was Yes drummer Alan White with his wife Gigi and daughter Cassi. This fortuitous moment spiraled forth into a multitude of synchronicity, and before parting, Alan passed along a CD of his band WHITE, which featured current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes. Little did Jonathan know that he would later be asked to join the band.
Jonathan's debut with WHITE began on a stratospheric note, performing Yes's epic, "Ritual - Nous Sommes du Soleil" with an orchestra. This concert was the first of many in support of Music education and vital arts organizations such as Synergia Northwest, Music Aid Northwest, and DOORS: Opening Doors to the Arts, seeing Jonathan joined on stage by members of Heart, Blues Traveler, Queensryche, as well as Lee Oskar, Vicci Martinez, Tracy Bonham, Geoffrey Castle, and many others.
Following a prolific stint of session work and touring, Jonathan's return to Los Angeles coincided with performing an honorary rendition of ELP's "Tarkus" before a sold-out audience, with none other than Keith Emerson himself in attendance. The occasion led to an invitation to tour Japan with the Keith Emerson Band in 2016, though halted due to Keith's untimely passing.
The official tribute concert was later held in Los Angeles, recorded and filmed for release in fall 2018. Produced by Keith's longtime musical partner Marc Bonilla, this massive event features Jonathan performing alongside many of Keith's contemporaries, among them Eddie Jobson, Jordan Rudess, Philippe Saisse, and Steve Porcaro.
Jonathan currently plays with The Magic Band, celebrating the Music of Captain Beefheart. Led by legendary drummer John French, the group embarked on a 50th Anniversary tour in 2017, with more dates soon to be announced in 2018.
Additional collaborations survey the entire musical spectrum, including recordings and performances with Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea, Return To Forever), members of Zappa Plays Zappa, Michael Manring, Paul Sears (Daevid Allen, The Muffins), Neal Morse, and Randy George (Neal Morse Band, Ajalon). Jonathan is a founding member of internationally acclaimed tributes to Steve Hackett (The Steppes), Yes (Awaken), Brian Tichy's all-star tribute to Rush (A Farewell To Kings), and Turn On Red - a fusion collective dedicated to bass legend Jaco Pastorius.