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Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time


Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for solo violin (2013)

Arias with Dance Glitch (2016)

When the World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes for solo viola (2013)

Movable Home (for string orchestra) (2015)

Wine Ring App Launch Video Score

Triptych for solo cello (2013)

Tomorrow Never Knows

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)


Gravity of Honey

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

The Emily Songs

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.

World Premiere of “Continuance” by Joel Phillip Friedman Feb. 4 & 11 in NYC!

23rd January 2017 By joel

ModernMedieval’s Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, formerly of the acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4, and Elizabeth Weinfield, Artistic Director of the period ensemble Sonnambula, come together to offer a program, Sanctum et Saeculare, that combines medieval chant and song with music by 20th and 21st century composers using medieval texts as inspiration. The program includes three newly commissioned works by composers: Joel Phillip Friedman, Andrew Lovett, and Daniel Thomas Davis.


February 4th, 2017 – Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow St, 2nd Floor,  at 9pm.

February 11th, 2017 – New York Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium at 2.30pm.

Back at Stanford for another weekend of “Beatles Intensives!”

2nd December 2016 By joel

For the second year in a row I am back on December 3rd & 4th for a sold-out weekend of teaching my popular “Revolution: The Songwriting of The Beatles” class for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Pivoting off the full course I used to teach there, this is an all day class focusing on the evolution of Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison as composer/lyricists. Nothing is Beatle proof, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

The Strad chimes in on my “fierce little viola piece!”

28th September 2016 By joel

I am thrilled that violist extraordinaire Andrew Gonzalez (and pianist Ji, Yekwon Sunwoo) has received this positively glowing review in this October’s The Strad Magazine for his Bargemusic recital this past July. Bruce Hodges also had kind things to say about my “fierce little viola piece” When the World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes as well. Mark Peskanov, Bargemusic Artistic & Executive Director is doing great things there! Want to read the complete review? Want to peruse the score? Click here!