Welcome to my site, and thanks for visiting. My name is Joel, and I am a composer who has worked in several mediums. I have written music for instrumental ensembles, films, and art installations. A good bit of the music I have written deals with the human response to image. I love working with other artists and have collaborated with several people on some really fun projects. Please take a minute, look around, and if you want to drop me a line for any reason, send me an email!
The music of Joel Love explores an eclectic mix of genres, from short video pieces to works for chamber and large ensembles. It creates colorful landscapes of sound through the use of image, melody, and extended tonality, and seeks to reveal the connection between music and spirituality.
Joel was recently commissioned to compose a new work, Lightscape, for the opening of light artist James Turrell's The Color Inside. PARMA Recordings selected Lux and Synchronicity in Purple Minor for publication in their 2013 and 2012 Anthology, respectively. In May of 2013, Aurora Borealis was selected as a finalist in the 3rd International Franck Ticheli Composition Contest. In 2010, Real Fiction received a Compositional Excellence Citation by the New York Youth Symphony. In 2009, Da Camera of Houston presented Joel with an Aspiring Artist Award and the commission of Just One Person.
Joel’s works have been performed by The Aura Contemporary Music Ensemble, The California State University Los Angeles Wind Ensemble, Da Camera of Houston's Young Artists, The Boston New Music Initiative, the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, the Texas A&M University Symphonic Winds , the Lamar University A Capella Choir and Wind Ensemble, the University of Texas Wind Symphony, and exhibited at many art galleries throughout the United States. Joel's first work for wind ensemble, Aurora Borealis, was recently selected for performance at the 2013 SCI National Conference. In a recent review of 2013 SXSW events, Capital Public Radio's Nick Brunner commented that "The Peace of Wild Things" was a "gorgeous piece of music, wafting along into the ether."
His film scores include the documentary film Stitched, official selection at the 2011 Carmel Art and Film Festival, as well as a short film Kidfellas, “Best Musical Score” at Houston’s 2011 48-Hour Film Project. Other notable collaborations with artists from other disciplines feature a city-wide public art exhibit with artist Karyn Olivier, Inboud: Houston, and a 3-month installation by Prince V. Thomas, On Joy, On Sorrow at the Houston Center for Photography, praised by the Houston Chronicle as ”a beautiful piece that feels cleansing to watch”.
Joel recently completed a DMA in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin and holds degrees from The University of Houston's Moores School fo Music (M.Music) and Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Department of Music (B.Music). He lives in Austin, TX, where spends his time on commissions, performing around town as a freelance pianist, and is an assistant to composer Graham Reynolds.