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08

May
2018

In News

By Joel Friedman

My Return to Swarthmore College!

On 08, May 2018 | In News | By Joel Friedman

On April 24th I returned to my old workplace Swarthmore College – where I was Visiting Associate Professor from 2002-2006 – to be a guest lecturer in my dear friend Dr. Barbara Milewski’s 20th Century Seminar. The talk “Revolution in April: The Beatles, April 6, 1966″ was a deep dive into the the landmark session that initiated the historic recording of Tomorrow Never Knows on the Revolver Album. We discussed:

  1. Collaboration
  2. World music 
  3. Spirituality, LSD & the Counterculture
  4. The European Avant-garde 
  5. Technology

08

May
2018

In News

By Joel Friedman

Latest Beatles’ Intensive – WSP 74 Revolution: The Beatles’ Innovative Studio Years (1965-1967)

On 08, May 2018 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I had a wonderful time doing my annual Beatles’ Intensive at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program the weekend of April 7-8! Great seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and digging DEEP into tech and how it influenced their songwriting and recordings. What a blast! This was a totally new class WSP 74  Revolution: The Beatles’ Innovative Studio Years (1965–1967). A splendid time was guaranteed for all!

 

13

Mar
2018

In News

By Joel Friedman

The 2018 Johansen Competition, with the premiere of my new piece “Johansen,” is here!

On 13, Mar 2018 | In News | By Joel Friedman

The week has finally arrived! Come here some of the most gifted young string players in the world during the 2018 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players (JIC). Out of nearly 200 applicants from 16 countries, 30 semi-finalists ranging in age from 14 to 17 were chosen to compete for $67,000 in prize money in Washington, DC. Semi-finalists are citizens of Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. And, all the semi-finalists will be playing my new piece Johansen. Judges for the 2018 JIC are world-renowned musicians: violinist Chee-Yun, violist Timothy Deighton, and cellist Peter Stumpf. Collaborative pianists are the renowned artists Akira Eguchi and Eri Kang.

Public events, are free and open to the public, and will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15–17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Semi-Finals are on Thursday and Friday and Finals are on Saturday. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street, NW (8th and H Streets), near the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro. www.fmmcfoundation.org

30

Jan
2018

In News

By Joel Friedman

My winter Newsletter!

On 30, Jan 2018 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Many exciting happenings! My Winter 2018 Newsletter: Click on through.

30

Jan
2018

In News

By Joel Friedman

Residency in Paradise!

On 30, Jan 2018 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I had a very productive time at the Hermitage Artists Retreat mid-December finishing All Things Are Set Ablaze which was commissioned by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek for her new ensemble ModernMedieval Trio of Voices (Martha Cluver & Eliza Bagg, sopranos; Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano) and is based on the writings of famed German abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath Hildegard von Bingen. Wonderful fellow artists, fantastic staff, and a lovely locale made all of the hard work… easy. Sort of. I’m looking forward to my next stay at Hermitage!

05

Dec
2017

In News

By Joel Friedman

Premiere of my “Habit & Collars” by Kalchev & Hurst

On 05, Dec 2017 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Tomorrow night (8 pm) my *very* short, whimsical 2 piano piece “Habits & Collars” will be premiered by Catholic University faculty Ivo L. Kalchev & Francesca T. Hurst on a concert featuring a complete performance of Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op 15 for solo piano, alongside Scenes from Catholic University, a newly-composed set of pieces by students and faculty of the composition division and themed around familiar vignettes from the campus of The Catholic University of America. It’ll be a fun evening! Reception to follow in the lower lobby. Free and open to the public.
Please call 202-319-5414 or email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington D.C.

27

Nov
2017

In News

By Joel Friedman

It’s New Music Month at Acis!

On 27, Nov 2017 | In News | By Joel Friedman

I’m happy that Percy and I grace the latest advert from Acis Productions for my CD Bespoke!

02

Nov
2017

In News

By Joel Friedman

I’ll be a panelist for Music in Our Time – Bernstein & Belshazzar

On 02, Nov 2017 | In News | By Joel Friedman

Happy to be joining Maestro Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of the Washington Chorus, Grace Cho, of the New Orchestra of Washington, and Neeta Helms, founder of Classical Movement the Washington Chorus’ new “Music in Our Time” series as a panelist! Come on down, it’ll be a lot of fun!

30

Oct
2017

In Front Page
News

By Joel Friedman

I’ve received a 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the DC Arts Commission!

On 30, Oct 2017 | In Front Page, News | By Joel Friedman

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship (AHFP) for my upcoming projects! I’d like to thank Arthur Espinoza, Jr., Executive Director of the CAH, their hard working staff and panel for their support. Onwards and upwards!

26

Oct
2017

In News

By Joel Friedman

It’s released! The CD of Elastic Band for Chamber Orchestra!

On 26, Oct 2017 | In News | By Joel Friedman

“Be•spoke” the New Orchestra of Washington‘s latest CD (on Geoffrey Silver’s Grammy-nominated Acis label) is out! “Be•spoke” (def. tailor-made) is comprised of three works commissioned by and for the New Orchestra of Washington: Elastic Band (for chamber orchestra), as well as works by Elena Ruehr (Shadow Light, Concerto for Viola and Strings) and Julian Wachner (Chamber Symphony), and features violist Marcus Thompson. You can also purchase it at iTunes and Amazon among other places.