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Joel Phillip Friedman

Joel Phillip  Friedman

Joel Phillip Friedman has always been drawn to a diverse range of musical activities whether composing for the concert hall, theater, or dance. He grew up playing trumpet and electric bass in jazz and rock bands, French horn and trumpet in orchestras, and performed in musicals. Described by Andrew Porter in The New Yorker as “beautiful and intelligent,” His music has been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, and the 92nd St. Y (NYC), and by a range of artists including violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Fred Sherry, soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Alan Feinberg, cellist Joshua Roman, conductor Jorge Mester, Adorno Ensemble, New York Chamber Ensemble, Speculuum Musicae, actor Jason Alexander, choreographer Sally Hess, and productions by director John Greenleaf as part of the NEA Shakespeare in American Communities Program. A recipient of numerous commissions and awards, Mr. Friedman is currently writing Fallings, a multi-media chamber music theater work, with his award-winning librettist and brother Seth Friedman (with whom he collaborated on the off-Broadway/West End hit musical, Personals), a commissioned string orchestra piece for the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Takoma Ensemble, and SONYC, and in 2011 finished the score to the super-natural thriller independent feature film Red Ice (screened at SF IndieFest’s Another Hole In the Head and the Chicago Horror festivals, and distributed by Entertainment 7 in LA). Other musical activities include consulting editor for the Gershwin Estate-Library Of Congress editions of the Gershwin musical Strike Up The Band! and Pardon My English, and an editor-copyist for Leonard Bernstein and others. Prior to moving to California, Mr. Friedman taught at Swarthmore College. He received his doctorate as a President’s Fellow from Columbia University. Mr. Friedman currently lives in Washington DC and is Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University teaching courses ranging from theory/analysis and composition to popular musical culture (The Beatles, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Rock) and was previously on faculty at Swarthmore College among other universities. His works are recorded on the Jay/Ter, Crystal, and Americus labels, and published by Samuel French and Grey Bird Music. His scores are available at www.Scorestreet.net.


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