Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time
Musically, I am a “synthesist” - someone who is fascinated by all types of music regardless of genre or style, or whether it is narrative or abstract in nature. When I was a kid, I loved jazz and rock and later discovered classical music. But, as a composition student, I was urged by several of my teachers to specialize among my musical activities – to choose between musical theater/rock or concert music. I resisted and instead resolved to synthesize, rather than compartmentalize my creative work. I have composed music for the concert hall (small and large ensembles), and for musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. My thinking is constantly refreshed through collaborations, teaching activities, and new creative projects.
I recently interviewed DC-based composer Armando Bayolo about his upcoming chorale premiere Lincoln that is part of next week’s joint Chorale Arts Society/Washington Chorus Made In America concert at the Kennedy Center. Go read it!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
3 PM — panel discussion moderated by Ken Hopper, with local composers Steve Antosca, Armando Bayolo and Joel Friedman, and Collective members Levan Iordanishvilli, Lewis Krauthamer and Javier Ledesma.
4 PM — presentation by Washington Post critic Stephen Brookes
4:30 – 6:00 PM — Atlas Composers Collective concert
5th May 2014 By joel
Young Peabody Conservatory cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan, a student of Amit Peled‘s, premiered the full 3 movement version of Triptych, my solo cello piece commissioned for the 2013 Klein International String Competition, at the Phillips Collection on May 4, 2014 to a sold-out house in the historic music room.