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Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time

Three Commissions for the 2013 Klein International String Competition

Tomorrow Never Knows

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)


Gravity of Honey

Concerto (In the Form of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra

The Emily Songs

Lord of Misrule

Elastic Band

What the Living Do

Pas de Deux

Red Ice

Personals – I Think You Should Know

T Tables

Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain!

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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.

My latest interview piece is now up on the Chorale Arts website

6th June 2014 By joel

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!

Panelist on careers in composition Sunday 6/8 @3pm

5th June 2014 By joel
Atlas Composers Collective
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

post-concert reception

Triptych receives its world premiere

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.