Jonathan Hart Makwaia
Vocalist, Teacher, Composer and Actor
Lives in New York City, USA
Worked with Roy Hart and was part of the Roy Hart Theater (before 1991)
Teaches since 1978
Jonathan Hart Makwaia, son of Dorothy Hart and Chief David Kidaha Makwaia, and stepson of Roy Hart, was born in London in 1957. He has been close to the voice work since he was a baby, with memories of Alfred Wolfsohn and the early Roy Hart Theatre. When he was 12, watching the company perform And, he had the revelation that the human voice could redefine music. He started singing lessons with Vivienne Young at age 14, and moved to France with the company in 1975. He spent much of the following year in Tanzania meeting his father, chief of the Sukuma tribe, and exploring his African roots. Over the next decade he served as composer, musical director and performer for most landmark Roy Hart Theatre productions. He began performing solo concerts for voice and piano in the 1980s, integrating contemporary, classical and African influences with his Roy Hart Theatre background (‘a spectacular display of vocal timbres and techniques’, The New York Times). He began teaching at Malerargues in 1978, and has been on the faculty of New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing since 1988. He remains dedicated to the voice work and its evolution. Jonathan is married to Rosemary Quinn and has two daughters: Mariana and Alice.
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