On 09, Aug 2017 | In News | By joel
I’m happy to announce that Violinist.com has just announced this spring’s 2018 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players and my commissioned work “Johansen!” The competition will take place March 14–17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. with judges violinist Chee-Yun, violist Timothy Deighton, and cellist Peter Stumpf.
I’m happy to announce a revision to my theatrical chamber duo Arias with Dance Glitch that was commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition for the duo Soliloquy – Klein Laureates Ariel Horowitz, violin & Lauren Siess, viola. Soliloquy premiered and toured with Arias throughout the summer of 2016 (CA-OR-DC-NY) and will return to the Capital region this October 22, 2017 performed in the revised version on the Loeffler Family Alumni Concert Series at Levine School of Music. Come see Ariel and Lauren play, sing, and dance!
The following important announcement is directed to all clarinetists, or string quintets, or string quartets who often play with added bassists, or percussionists, or new music ensembles, or conductors, or basically anyone in the wide music community:
I am excited to announce that at the request of Inscape Chamber Orchestra I have unleashed upon the world… a brand NEW edition of Elastic Band scored for SEPTET: clarinet, string quintet, and percussion! Originally a sextet (clarinet, string quartet, and percussion), this new edition completes the Elastic Band Family: sextet, septet, and chamber orchestra (which in addition to the featured clarinet, has a larger, more colorful string compliment, and a second percussionist for über-cool color and groove). Inscape will be performing this new version Fall 2017, details to be announced soon! You can peruse the septet score HERE and the chamber orchestra version HERE. So, you ask: why septet? Because, it’s all about that (added) bass!
On 01, Aug 2017 | In News | By joel
I don’t usually do mid-summer newsletters, but this warrants one!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be writing the score for a new puppet theater work, entitled Home. The clever and talented Jim Henson Foundation awardees at Evolve Puppets, Tanya Khordoc and Barry Weil, are the creators of Home and have launched a fundraising campaign at Fractured Atlas, which is serving as the fiscal host for the project. Home is a lovely, funny, and heartfelt show featuring live performers, beautiful hand-made porcelain dolls, Shadow puppetry, bunraku-inspired rod puppetry, object manipulation, and mask theatre for sophisticated audiences. Speaking of home, the project represents a homecoming of sorts, for me: it’s New York-based, it’s a return to theater music for me, and Tanya… was our daughter’s amazing kindergarten teacher! So check out their fundraising page (click HERE) and help them bring this terrific project to fruition. Do it for them, do it for the art, do it for me. We’ve got 90 days to raise the money. Every tax-deductible contribution will help! Please pass this one to anyone you know who might be interested.
Meanwhile I have a few other exciting things up my sleeve, but they’ll wait for my regularly scheduled Fall Newsletter!
I’m happy to share some exciting spring news: my Spring 2017 newsletter! CLICK HERE! Commissions, performances, articles, and more! Enjoy.
On 10, May 2017 | In News | By joel
I’m pleased to share my article about life here in D.C. since Nov. 8 written as part of NewMusicBox’s Speak Now series entitled ARTS IN THE TIME OF TRUMP. Enjoy! https://goo.gl/PdtUYw
On 23, Jan 2017 | In News | 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.
On 02, Dec 2016 | In News | 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!
On 30, Oct 2016 | In News | By joel
It’s gonna be a busy Fall & winter 2016-2017
What happens when Soliloquy, two superb & fearless string players (Ariel Horowitz, violin; Lauren Siess, viola), ask for a new piece? Arias with Dance Glitch: a work that includes singing Middle English and… dancing! I told you they were fearless. We had a blast touring the piece throughout CA-OR-DC-NY this past August-September. Arias was commissioned for Soliloquy by my friends at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition
I’m returning to Stanford University for another round of sold-out weekend “Beatles Intensives” this December 3rd & 4th: Revolution: The Songwriting of The Beatles. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all!”
Continuance, my song commissioned by ModernMedieval (Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Elizabeth Weinfield) will be premiered on February 4th, 2017 at Spectrum NYC at 9pm and then have a repeat performance on February 11th, 2017 at New York Public Library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium at 2.30pm as part of their Sanctum et Saeculare program. Yes, more Middle English! More on this later (hint: watch out for spring 2018!).
Finally, Johansen, the piece I’ve been commissioned to write for the 2017 Johansen International Competition (JIC) is done! The competition will take place March 14-17, 2018 right here in Washington, DC. I can’t wait to hear these talented young players dig in to me piece!
More good news coming down the pike – but that’s for the next newsletter.
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!