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29

Jan
2024

In News

By Joel Friedman

A Special Occasion & Pas de Deux in the New York Times

On 29, Jan 2024 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Extra! Extra! Read all about it, in the New York Times
Our dear friends Pam & Steve Dillon recently remarried in the way only Pam & Steve could: an exquisite, private ceremony, and, of course, a performance of the piece they commissioned from me years ago Pas de Deux. As requested, I read the original program note, and the stellar performance by Tommy Mesa and Yoon Lee was the “centerpiece” of the wedding. While we wait for their recording you can listen to Fred Sherry and Stephen Gosling’s amazing recording.

14

Jan
2024

In News

By Joel Friedman

My cello-piano piece Pas de Deux returns to NYC!

On 14, Jan 2024 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Pas de Deux is a special piece created under unusual circumstances. Initially it was commissioned by a dear friend to celebrate a her spouse’s birthday. It was revised and expanded, reforged even, under the dark shadows cast by 9/11. And now? Performed at a beautiful private ceremony marking the remarriage of these two dear and old friends, Pam and Steve, all the more in love and wiser from the passage of life and time. There is a strong narrative arc to the piece.  It is in one movement divided into four sections: I. Prologue; II. Youth; III. The Limits of Life, a. Dialogue and b. How Time Ends; and IV. Pas de Deux. One of the wonders of art is how the actual notes don’t change over time, we do. Our current dark time creates new resonates and the music seems shine even brighter. Pas de Deux is a demanding piece for performers requiring not only superb technique, but, more importantly, players willing and able to plumb its emotional heights and depths. Its strong narrative arc interpretively demands much from its performers.  It is in one movement divided into four sections: I. Prologue; II. Youth; III. The Limits of Life, a. Dialogue and b. How Time Ends; and IV. Pas de Deux. I am so happy to have found cellist Tommy Mesa and pianist Yoon Lee who rose to the work’s challenges, especially the emotions required to make sense of, and complete this narrative arc. Its subject matter is beautiful and intense, beautifully intense. It’s a big, bold piece that I am proud to say wears its heart on its sleeve. It takes special performers to pull that off, and these two are special. We all felt transformed and exhilarated by the experience. Pam and Steve were not the only ones in tears by the end. As a composer these are the moments that make all the work worthwhile. I can’t wait until we all go through this together, again. (Photo L-R: Jenny Bilfield, cellist Tommy Mesa, pianist Yoon Lee, composer Joel Phillip Friedman, sound engineer Paul Zinman)

07

Jan
2024

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

New Stanford Beatles Course February 14th: The White Album!

On 07, Jan 2024 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

It wouldn’t be a new year without a new Beatles course! Indeed, I return to Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, where I have taught since 2008, with Music 48 The Beatles (AKA “The White Album”) starting February 14th. From Rishikesh to the last take of Julia, this 4-session mini course will be live online, Wednesday evenings, which means the best of all possible worlds. Watch it live with wonderful audio and attend the post-class Q&A. Missed something in class? Watch it again later at your convenience. Forgot you had that trip planned making you miss the 3rd class? Don’t worry, watch it later upon your return. If you are registered for the class, you have unlimited access to class videos until the end of the quarter. Wait, isn’t February 14th Valentine’s Day? Why, yes it is. It makes a great gift for your Valentine, even if you are registering for yourself. You can register HERE. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

07

Jan
2024

In News

By Joel Friedman

Pas de Deux returns!

On 07, Jan 2024 | In News | By Joel Friedman

A “long time ago” I had the lovely and unusual experience of having a dear friend, Pam, commission me to write a surprise birthday present for her husband Steve. Pam and I sat and discussed ideas for the narrative, the different stages a deep relationship undergoes, and how even the passage of time seems altered by our perceptions of love. The large, one-movement piece is divided into 4 sections: I. Prologue; II. Youth; III. The Limits of Life, a. Dialogue and b. How Time Ends; and IV. Pas de Deux. My wife and I never knew two people as loving and committed as Pam and Steve, so were incredibly shocked when they separated much later. WHAT? But, lo and behold! Pam recently contacted me to say that she and Steve were not only remarrying, but they wanted to mark the occasion with a private performance of their piece: Pas de Deux. Several terrific cellists – Semyon Fridman, Maria Kitsopoulos, and Fred Sherry – have performed the cello part in the past. Now a new generation of stellar artists are stepping up: Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, Thomas Mesa (and pianist Yoon Lee). Pas de Deux is a tour de force, a virtuosic work. I’m so thrilled that it will be revived for the people who inspired it, and will be part of their private ceremony and concert in New York City on January 12, 2024. Contact me for score purchase.

07

Jan
2024

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

New vocal setting of Blake’s “The Angel”

On 07, Jan 2024 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

I’ll be our joining our composition students and other Catholic Univeristy faculty writing a joint song cycle setting of excerpts from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience for talented CUA singers (in my case Carolyn Shaffer) and the awesome ensemble-in-residence Balance Campaign. My friend and colleague Stephen Gorbos and impresario thought up this wonderful project. What was I assigned? The Angel! Mmmm…The song is done and it’s fun. Let’s see where this goes. See you there on April 24, 2024!

06

Nov
2023

In News

By Joel Friedman

Workshop at LaMama!

On 06, Nov 2023 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m pleased to collaborate once more with my favorite writers/directors/master puppeteers at Evolve Puppets NYC on our new hybrid multi-media piece They Were Called Tress as part of this year’s LaMama’s Jumpstart Workshop. It’s a great start to a beautiful, dark, slightly twisted, and poignant piece about our petroleum & plasticized world bereft of all that is green from the climate change cataclysm and the social unrest that results. The score incorporates the avant-garde, techno-rock, and even a bit of epic James Bond. Really? Yeah. So watch this space for further developments. You can listen to cues HERE.

01

Sep
2023

In News

By Joel Friedman

Percy & Heathcliff: Parrot podcast stars who are ready for their closeup

On 01, Sep 2023 | In News | By Joel Friedman

If you know Percy & Heathcliff, it was inevitable that our two African parrots would become multimedia stars featured in Johanna Siegmann’s glorious new book In Good COMPANY (Notable People with their Pets), available at all your favorite bookstores, and Tracie Hotchner’s delightful and informative podcast series Exotic Pets™ “An African Gray Keeps The Baby At Bay” (Ep. 221) available on all your favorite podcast platforms (Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Audible).

05

Jun
2023

In News

By Joel Friedman

Joel’s Latest Beatles @Stanford: The Pepper Years—Expanding Minds, Expanding Music

On 05, Jun 2023 | In News | By Joel Friedman

My latest Beatles class at Stanford’s Continuing Studies: MUS 45 The Pepper Years—Expanding Minds, Expanding Music! Arguably their greatest single (Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane), greatest album (Sgt. Pepper), and the “black sheep of the family” Magical Mystery Tour. This is one NOT to miss.

Course Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 1, 5 weeks, Note: No class on July 4 🇺🇸
Course Time: Tuesdays, 6:30—8:45 pm (Pacific Time)

Tuition: $390

☞Registering is EASY. Just click HERE Registration is open!

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27

Apr
2023

In News

By Joel Friedman

WAMMIE AWARDS 2023!

On 27, Apr 2023 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m pleased to have been a judge once more for Washington DC’s WAMMIE Awards. The pool of nominees was diverse and talented. A real showcase for DC.  It was a pleasure listening to their work!

22

Jan
2023

In News

By Joel Friedman

LIVE World Premiere of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for 2 violins!

On 22, Jan 2023 | In News | By Joel Friedman

My 2 violin version of Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle will finally receive its LIVE, IN-PERSON premiere with two performances on FiddleFest! at the San Pancho Music Festival on Friday, February 24, 2023 and on Virtuosos de Cámara’s concert at Incanto Teatro in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, February 26. I’m thrilled that the violin dynamic duo of Karen Bentley Pollick and Philip Brezina will once more be taking on my piece.

You can see their 2022 video HERE, listen to the audio HERE, and view a perusal score HERE. Contact ME for details.