Jonathan Fields has been throwing himself headfirst into music since he can remember. After being inspired by the “legendary artists” performing at the Fillmore East, he taught himself to play guitar, eventually moving towards more formal studies in jazz and classical idioms. He began to play professionally in high school and at college focused primarily on jazz performance playing with the prestigious Yale Jazz Ensemble. He moved to New York to study composition at Mannes College of Music. His endeavors into all types of music did not end as he progressed in his studies. He performed in bands around the city at just about every well-known venue. He worked for Phillip Glass and played guitar in downtown experimental ensembles led by composers such as Glen Branca.
Upon graduating he performed in the pit orchestra for the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, before signing on with David Horowitz Music Associates. There, his eclectic background perfectly suited the task of composing for spots that required expertise in many styles. Jonathan composed, arranged, orchestrated and produced music for over 1,000 ads for brands such as American Airlines, Visa, Pepsi, AMC and PBS, garnering AICP, Clio, Effie, and Mobius awards along the way as well as his work being featured at Cannes and the Super Bowl.
His versatility as a performer was utilized as he lent his talent to playing guitar, bass and keyboard on numerous spots. In the meantime his appetite to explore new musical experiences was fed through continuing to perform in the US and Europe and in composing music for independent and documentary film as well as conducting and composing sacred music.
In recent years he has been a frequent invited lecturer and musical educator, offering seminars and lectures at educational institutions both nationally and in Europe on composing for moving image, as well as on various topics concerning popular and classical music.
A skilled communicator and team builder, his working together on projects with numerous directors, producers and artists over twenty- five years, gives him the experience and flexibility necessary to produce great results for the toughest assignments and trickiest budgets. He currently works for his company L-Sid Productions where he has continued to produce music of the highest quality and relevance for brands such as Verizon, GE, NBCUniversal and NBC News.