I’m happy to share some exciting spring news: my Spring 2017 newsletter! CLICK HERE! Commissions, performances, articles, and more! Enjoy.
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
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!
On 21, Sep 2016 | In News | By joel
I’m pleased to offer my REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES course for Levine Music starting this Saturday night at their Strathmore campus. This is a 3-session version of the course I’ve previously taught at Swarthmore College and Stanford University. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! 9/24, 10/1. and 10/22/2016. http://www.levinemusic.org/component/content/article/51-general/1329-joel-friedman-lecture-series
On 15, Sep 2016 | In News | By joel
This remarkable project ended where it all started: National Sawdust. Ariel and I met at the Klein Competition’s 30 Anniversary concert at NS in January 2016. Who knew what that would lead to? We’ve had an exhilarating time performing the work in August and September on tour: California, Oregon, Washington DC, and New York. A BIG Thank YOU! to Fred Spitz of Klein for commissioning the work, the incredible performers and collaborators Ariel Horowitz (violin) and Lauren Siess (viola), and Paul Emerson for his help with the movement. I have never had such a terrific time with a new piece. Stay tuned for more on Arias with Dance Glitch!
On 06, Sep 2016 | In News | By joel
After a terrific World Premiere in Berkeley and tour of the west Arias with Dance Glitch arrives home on the East Coast for two more performances: in DC on Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7:30 pm as part of Ariel Horowitz’s recital, and then New York on Monday, Sept. 12th at 7:30 pm at National Sawdust as a continuation of Soliloquy’s tour. Tickets for DC are available here. NY available here.
On 19, Aug 2016 | In News | By joel
Joshua Kosman offers a nice preview article leading up to the premiere of Arias with Dance Glitch http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/A-string-duo-committed-to-new-music-9144096.php