Image Image Image Image Image
Scroll to Top

To Top

News | Joel Friedman

27

Mar
2022

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

Adjudicating the 2022 WAMMIES

On 27, Mar 2022 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

The cat’s out of the bag: I was one of the local Industry Judges for the 2022 WAMMIES, the DMV Region’s Premiere Music Awards Show. The WAMMIES yield thousands of nominations for 60 award categories, representing 20+ genres and D.C.’s vibrant and impressive music community. Last night also recognized two visionary leaders of The Musicianship, the education powerhouse behind the awards: Jeffery Tribble Jr., founder and now CEO of Levine Music, and the newly-named CEO, Eric Liley.

27

Mar
2022

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

Joel’s Latest Stanford Course: Four More by Sondheim! Starts April 29

On 27, Mar 2022 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

My next Stanford class, MUS 178B Four More by Sondheim: West Side Story, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, and Pacific Overtures, will be offered through Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program (CSP) as a live virtual online course on 4 FRIDAYS: Apr 29—May 20 from 11:00 am—1:00 pm (PT).

A continuation of last spring’s Sondheim course, we will focus on four landmark musicals: two early works featuring Sondheim as lyricist only—West Side Story and Gypsy—and two musicals from his successful collaborative period with director Hal Prince—A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures. We will dig into the music, the lyrics, the structure, the mechanics of what makes these musicals so fantastic and important, and why Sondheim deserves the praise and position in our culture.

Reminder: while this is a Stanford CSP course anyone can register, and the silver lining of a virtual course is… you don’t even have to leave your house to attend. Sondheim from the privacy of your living room? Yes, indeed! Over the past two years people have registered from across the country. You can register HERE. Want an even brighter silver lining? Those registered can access class recordings if you cannot make a session in-person, or simply want to watch it again later.

27

Mar
2022

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

More awards and accolades for Light as a Feather!

On 27, Mar 2022 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

More awards and accolades for Light as a Feather, the beautiful and evocative short film created by my friends and collaborators at Evolve Puppets (Tanya Khordoc and Barry Weill). First it was a selection for the 2021 Vienna International Film Awards, and now selected by Animovies Festival of Animated Objects. Light as a Feather uses excerpts from my chamber piece Pas de Deux (for cello and piano) as its score. You can catch it streaming through April 30 ANIMOVIES: LIFE IS A JOURNEY package, part of the Festival of Animated Objects!

08

Jan
2022

In News

By Joel Friedman

Joel’s latest Stanford Beatles course: Abbey Road & Let It Be! 2/5/22

On 08, Jan 2022 | In News | By Joel Friedman

My next Beatles class , MUS-05 The Songwriting of The Beatles: Abbey Road and Let It Be, will be offered through Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program (CSP) starting February 5th. So much new info to discuss and digest: the deluxe 50th Anniversary package releases of Abbey Road and Let It Be, and of course Peter Jackson’s monumental The Beatles: Get Back documentary series. MUS-05 will be a virtual online course via Zoom videoconference held on 4 Saturdays: February 5, 12, 26, & March 5, 2022 from 10 AM-12:30 PM PST. Reminder: while this is a Stanford CSP course anyone can register, and the silver lining of a virtual course is… you don’t even have to leave your house to attend. The Beatles from the privacy of your living room? Yes, indeed! Over the past two years I’ve had people register not only from across the country, but even from as far away as Moscow. You can register HERE. [Future Tease: look for an all-new Sondheim course this spring at CSP!)

Tags | , , , , , , , , ,

08

Jan
2022

In News

By Joel Friedman

World Premiere of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for 2 violins Pt. 2

On 08, Jan 2022 | In News | By Joel Friedman

At the request of my friend and violinist-violist-composer-tech guru and all-around badass Karen Bentley Pollick I wrote a 2 violin version of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle (think Wieniawski meets Orange Blossom Special!) that will receive two performances in Mexico this month, this one on Virtuosos de Cámara’s Fiddle Fest in Puerto Vallarta. The amazingly versatile violinist Philip Brezina will be a one-man rhythm section supplying chop ‘n’ groove. I will post links for video and how to purchase the score soon. Virtuosos de Cámara’s YouTube channel can be found here. Details:

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm in Puerto Vallarta at Incanto Vallarta
Insurgentes 109, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

To order tickets for FIDDLE FEST! click HERE 

Tags | , , , , , ,

08

Jan
2022

In News

By Joel Friedman

World Premiere of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for 2 violins Pt. 1

On 08, Jan 2022 | In News | By Joel Friedman

At the request of my friend and violinist-violist-composer-tech guru and all-around badass Karen Bentley Pollick I wrote a 2 violin version of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle (think Wieniawski meets Orange Blossom Special!) that will receive two performances in Mexico this month, this one on Virtuosos de Cámara’s concert at Entre Amigo’s in San Pancho. The amazingly versatile violinist Philip Brezina will be a one-man rhythm section supplying chop ‘n’ groove. I will post links for video and how to purchase the score soon. Virtuosos de Cámara’s YouTube channel can be found here. Details:

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm at EntreAmigos in San Pancho
Avenida Tercer Mundo 13, 63729 San Francisco, Nayarit
A Classical Music concert of the Virtuosos de Camara as a Gift to the Community
Biblioteca de EntreAmigos
Open Air facility with masks required

Tags | , , , , , ,

26

Oct
2021

In News

By Joel Friedman

LIGHT AS PAPER: an Official Selection by the 2021 Vienna International Film Awards

On 26, Oct 2021 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m pleased that my friends and collaborators at Evolve Puppets‘ beautiful live-action, wordless puppet film LIGHT AS PAPER has been named as an Official Selection by the 2021 Vienna International Film Awards in the category of Best Experimental! Music from my cello-piano piece Pas de Deux forms the score to this lovely work.

26

Apr
2021

In News

By Joel Friedman

Joel’s the Expert for QOTD (Question Of the Day)!

On 26, Apr 2021 | In News | By Joel Friedman

A little while ago I sat down with friend/collaborator Murray Horwitz and we talked about one of my favorite subjects: The Beatles. Well, the early Beatles. Wait, the really early Beatles. No…  before they were Beatles, as in the Quarrymen. This time it was for The Question Of The Day created by Sarah Andrew Wilson & Joel Wilson of matchbox.io! Check it out: HERE.

05

Apr
2021

In News

By Joel Friedman

Four By Sondheim At Stanford!

On 05, Apr 2021 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a brand new live online course this May at Stanford Continuing Studies: Four By Sondheim.
The four musicals we’ll cover are Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday In the Park with George. It doesn’t get better than this. 4 Saturdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 10-12:30 Pacific Time (1-3:30 Eastern Time). You can register HERE

06

Mar
2021

In News

By Joel Friedman

Guest Lecture at Chapman U!

On 06, Mar 2021 | In News | By Joel Friedman

This Monday night I’m giving a Beatle talk at Chapman University to my dear friend and ex-colleague Daniel Alfred Wach’s orchestra class! Daniel and I taught together at Swarthmore all those years ago. We’re gonna work our way up to… Tomorrow Never Knows. Yummy.