ABOUT LA-BASED MUSICIAN JONATHAN SHELDON
Jonathan Sheldon is a full-time career musician, performer, violinist/fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, and teacher hailing from the suburbs of Los Angeles. He has been creatively involved with musical projects spanning a variety of genres and mediums throughout most of his life.
For close to a decade, Jonathan has performed as a violinist with the Topanga Symphony community orchestra directed by Jerome Kessler and later on with the Beach Cities Symphony conducted by Barry Brisk. Never again would he forget the “Three Bs”.
In 2016, Jonathan worked as a violinist and background actor under the direction of Ellen Geer for the acclaimed theater company Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in a musical play-production of Tom (an adaptation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe). He returned to the company in 2017 for a production of Animal Farm by George Orwell (adapted by Peter Hall and with music by Richard Peaslee). He then went on to co-write music and lyrics to two musical productions in tandem for UCLA’s Dually Noted Theatre Co., performing in both plays with a live band and his guitar.
In 2018, Jonathan began his first-foray into folk-fiddling when he was recruited by Shadow Hills-based progressive-folk outlaw ensemble The Storytellers, going on to play numerous clubs, parties and festivals around Southern California. They have opened shows for and shared the same bill with national touring acts such as Wilson Phillips, Chris Stills, Micky Dolenz, and Robby Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors.
In late 2018, Jonathan began collaborating with country rock and soul band Wyman & The Wolves led by singer/songwriter Kyle Wyman. They worked together recording songs with Grammy-winning producer Rocky Grisez and putting on soulful and often psychedelic performances at venues such as Lucky Strike and The House of Machines.
When not collaborating on his peers’ creative endeavors and fiddling with The Storytellers, Jonathan writes, records and performs for his own project, LudVig Van: The Conscious Rockestra, engineered by Grammy-winning producer Tim V Hutton at The Canyon Hut. An experiment in the practice of freedom and positivity, Jonathan invites musicians of various genres and sensibilities to write, play and improvise to the fullest of their creative and reciprocal intent, often producing music with pop sensibilities, psychedelic tendencies and symphonic proclivities.
In his spare time, Jonathan teaches beginners’ violin lessons. He makes it his mission to nurture the individual needs of his students to bring life and positivity to the practice of musical learning.