Ann Arbor, MI
Jonathan Ovalle is a percussionist whose concerts and collaborations feature an array of musical aesthetics. As a performer, he is a both a committed interpreter of contemporary art music as well as an inspired jazz/world percussionist and drummer. He has performed and presented masterclasses in North America and Asia, and has been a featured artist at previous PASICs. Ovalle has performed with the Sarasota Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, New Music Detroit, and the Detroit Chamber Winds. As a drumset and world percussion artist, he has shared the stage with artists such as Jon Hendricks, Vic Juris, Roland Vazquez, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Hazeltine, Phil Markowitz, Harold Danko, Stephanie Nakassian, Gunnar Mossblad, Tim Whalen, and currently leads his own Afro-Cuban trio/quartet featuring him as a drummer and composer. Ovalle is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, where he serves as a director of the University’s famed percussion ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, and MPulse Summer Percussion Institute.