|“…sensuality and emotional warmth
characterize his extraordinary musicianship. He makes music that
both soothes and excites. It is the union of opposites that makes
Brown so special.”
Joel Brown's actively eclectic performances as a soloist and
chamber musician have included appearances with the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Festival of Contemporary
Music at Tanglewood, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the
Caramoore Festival, and the Killington Festival. Internationally,
he has played in British Columbia at the Music in the Mountains
Chamber Music Festival, in the Czech Republic at the Mikulov
Guitar Festival as concerto soloist with the Martinu Chamber
Orchestra, and in Asia with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
Notable appearances in the United States include Carnegie Hall
with soprano Dawn Upshaw, recitals on both coasts with mezzo-soprano
Frederica von Stade, and with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Brown
has also performed on NBC’s Today, CNN’s
Showbiz Today, on NPR, and on the BBC.
is the founding member of Tritonis, a flute, guitar and cello
trio that appeared at the Guitar Foundation of America conference
in Miami, at National Flute Association conventions in New York
and Boston, and in universities and recital halls across the
nation. Brown also commissioned new music for their critically
and internationally acclaimed CD, Five Premiers—Chamber
Works with Guitar (Albany).
performs regularly as a member of Chris Brubeck’s Triple
Play, a crossover group blending jazz with blues and folk music.
The trio has played in almost every state of the Union, and
in 2006 performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the legendary
Dave Brubeck Quartet. Their CDs—Triple Play Live
and Watching the World (Blue Forest Records)—have
won them fans around the world.
recordings also include Bach to Brubeck (Koch International)
with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chords and Thyme
(Dorian Records) with English guitarist Edward Flower, King’s
Court and Celtic Fair (Telarc) with the Empire Brass, and
Across Your Dreams (Telarc) with Frederica von Stade.
In 2002, Brown joined Dawn Upshaw, Fredirica von Stade, Meryl
Streep, Chris Brubeck and the late Bill Crofut on Dance on a
Moonbeam: A Collection of Songs and Poems (Telarc).
Brown's most recent CD, Christmas Cedar and Spruce (Albany)
has received rave reviews. Joel Brown is a Senior-Artist-in-Residence
at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Brown, Senior Artist-in-Residence
Department of Music, Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-1632
518-580-5324 (office) | 518-580-5340 (fax)
S. Bach, "Praeludium
for Lute (BWV 997)" [arranged by Chris Brubeck] from
Bach to Brubeck with the London Symphony Orchestra (Joel
Revsen, conductor). [Koch International Classics 3-7485-2 H1]
Wish" [arranged by Edward Flower] from Chords &
Thyme: English Folksongs for Guitar, Edward Flower and
Joel Brown, Guitars. [Dorian DOR-90204]
5 June, 2007