Saturday, April 25th, 2009 7:34 AM EDT
Guitarist Joel Brown's eclectic career has taken him to England to record with the London Symphony, to Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and recital performances with Frederica von Stade. He has appeared at New York's Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, the Tanglewood Festival, the Chamber Music Festival at Saratoga, Music in the Mountains in British Columbia and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to touring and recording with Triple Play, Joel has appeared as concerto soloist with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra in the Czech Republic as well as many other orchestras across the U.S. He is the founding member of the unique flute, guitar and cello trio, TRITONIS, whose CD, Five Premiers: Chamber Music with Guitar contains five new pieces that Brown commissioned. TRITONIS has been featured at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Miami, The National Flute Association Convention in both New York and Boston, the Caramoor Festival, the Ithaca College Guitar Festival, the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as many other venues across the country. Joel also helped create the highly regarded CD Chords and Thyme with guitarist Edward Flower on the Dorian label that Guitar Player Magazine called “beautiful and imaginative”.
Joel worked with Bill Crofut and Chris Brubeck for nearly a decade and was an integral part of their recordings, Lullabies and Dances, Unsquare Dance, Red, White and Blues, and Bartok and Kodaly, all on Albany Records. Joel is also the featured guitarist on a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Bach to Brubeck on Koch International Classics with Bill Crofut and Chris Brubeck. This CD includes the world premiere of a Bach lute prelude transformed into a miniature guitar concerto by Chris with Joel as soloist. Guitar Review said of this performance “Brown’s robust tone and lyrical phrasing balances beautifully with the orchestra, delivering a performance that is exquisite and memorable.” Joel is also featured with Frederica von Stade on Across Your Dreams, with the Empire Brass on King’s Court and Celtic Fair, and Bill Crofut's final recording, Dance on a Moonbeam, all on Telarc Records. His newest CD, Christmas Cedar and Spruce was released on Albany Records this year, and features Chris, and Peter Madcat Ruth as well as members of Joel’s family. A recent Public Radio East review writes: “Joel Brown and his unassuming disc, Christmas Cedar and Spruce, grabbed my attention so thoroughly that it’s the only one I can imagine writing about. Brown and his friends have cooked up a nearly perfect program for the holiday season.”
Joel is Senior-Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.