Introduction

Joel Hobbs writes jazz tunes and chamber music, with a specialty in mandolin and plucked string ensembles

Biography

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joel R Hobbs (b. 1963) writes and performs in a variety of styles including world, folk, Latin, jazz, film and chamber music. After an illustrious career pioneering online education, Joel began earnestly pursuing his passion for music composition and performance in 2010.

As Founder and Director of the Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Joel has arranged over fifty pieces for mandolin orchestra. In 2013, Joel completed his Opus Twelve, an epic collection of twenty-one new scores for mandolin including solos, duos, trios, quartets, and a four-movement work for mandolin orchestra. Nineteen of these pieces were premiered by the Austin Mandolin Orchestra in June 2013. Joel released a studio recording of the entire opus in 2014.

In addition to his mandolin-focused work, Joel also writes for modern chamber ensembles. His music has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Thomas Piercy and Suzanne Mueller, Wayla J. Chambo, Sky Macklay, the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, The Classical Mandolin Society of America En Masse Orchestra, Paul Glasse, Bret Boyer and Richard Somers.

His pieces Waltz of the Dragonflies and Sal a Gosto were chosen as winners of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame competition. In 2011, Joel released his debut recording Good Dogs Always Eat, a collection of twelve original jazz-oriented mandolin and guitar instrumentals. As a performer, Joel plays weddings, worship services, concerts and folk dances. In 2012, Joel was a featured mandolinist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra for Ballet Austin’s production Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. In 2015, Joel served as Composer-In-Residence for the Classical Mandolin Society of America.

Joel is also principal in Hyoshi New Media, Inc., a music publishing company. He teaches mandolin and resides in Austin Texas with his wife and a couple of border collies.
For more information, please visit  www.joelhobbs.com

Describe your music

chamber, plectrum, dance, film/video, folk, jazz, music for young people, choral, sacred

When a baby laughs, a child claps or a bird chips, we are pleased. The simplest sounds have the ability to change our mood – causing us to feel better, or worse, or some other way. Yet the methods, theories, and tools of music are as nuanced and elaborate as any science. So, music is an enigma that compels me. With each composition and performance, I become more aware of the infinite palette of musical choices and more adept at the craft of conveying my unfolding vision.

My compositions are often a reflection of the natural world. I draw on diverse influences from the gem-like precision of a Bach fugue to the swirling primal drone of a didgeridoo. Ultimately, I seek to awaken a wellspring of joy in each performer and listener.

Works Include:

Large Orchestra
Memories for the Future (2015, 7′). For En Masse Mandolin Orchestra
Premiere by Classical Mandolin Society of America, Austin TX, October 2015.
Joel was commissioned as Composer-in-Residence by CMSA in 2015.

Chamber Works
Ishawooa Creek Memoir (2018) for String Quartet.
Violet Comes Home (2015) Trio for Oboe d’Amore, Alto Flute and Guitar.
Matariki (2014). Trio for Tenor Sax, Vibraphone and Piano.
Premiere by Wet Ink Ensemble, Dublin NH, June 2014.
Choro Fantastico (2014). Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello.
Premiere by Wayla Chambo with Wet Ink Ensemble, Dublin NH, June 2014.
Kitsuné-bi (2012). Trio for Viola, Bass Clarinet, Marimba and Percussion.
Premiere by Wet Ink Ensemble, Northampton MA, June 2012.
Fountain (2012). Trio for Oboe, Mandolin and Bass Clarinet
Premiere by Sky Macklay, Joel R Hobbs & Alex Mincek, Northampton MA, June 2012.
Waltz of the Dragonflies (2012). Duet for Clarinet and Cello.
Premiere by Suzanne Mueller & Thomas Piercy, Westbury NY, July 2012.
Winner of Vox Nova Fifteen Minutes of Fame competition 2012.
Quaerens Lux in Tenebris Nemus (2012).
Trio for Flute, Oboe d’Amour and Bassoon.
Quarantotto (2011). Quartet for Violin, Bassoon, Piano, Vibraphone and Auxiliary Percussion.
Premiere by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Northampton MA, June, 2011.
40 Green Street (2011). Trio for Clarinet, Mandolin and Cello.
Premiere by Sky Macklay, Joel R Hobbs & Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Northampton MA, June, 2011.

Chamber Works for Plucked String Ensembles
Las Prefigure, from Opus Twelve (2012). Solo for Mandolin.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Waltz for Doc, from Opus Twelve (2012). Solo for Mandolin.
Premiere by Kevin Knippa, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Harusame, from Opus Twelve (2012). Solo for Tenor Mandola.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Ode to Elsie, from Opus Twelve (2012). Solo for Mandocello.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
The Bees Knees, from Opus Twelve (2012).
Duet for Mandolin.Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Lullaby for Joshua David Fort, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
When Brookie Rises, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Lento for Ruhong, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Lotus Flower Unfurling, from Opus Twelve (2012).
Duet for Mandolin.Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Gliding, from Opus Twelve(2012). Duet for Mandolin.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Floating, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Moon over Machu Picchu, from Opus Twelve (2012).
Duet for Mandolin and Mandola.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Dungannon Cowboy, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin and Mandocello.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
If It Rains, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin and Guitar.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Laurie Turner & Jay Clement, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Un Sueño del Horizonte, from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin and Marimba.
Premiere by Richard Somers & Jacob Hodges, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Cuddlebug from Opus Twelve (2012). Duet for Mandolin and Piano.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs & Sarah Ann Phillips, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Quaeren Lux in Tenebris Nemus (2012). Trio for Mandolin, Mandola (or Mandolin) and Mandocello.
Tanjiro’s Dream, from Opus Twelve (2012). Trio for Two Mandolins and Guitar.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Kevin Knippa & Jay Clement, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Three Gifts, from Opus Twelve (2012). Trio for Two Mandolins and Guitar.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Kevin Knippa & Jay Clement, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Glo’s Tree, from Opus Twelve (2012) for Mandolin Quartetto Classico.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, 2012.
In Memory of Nell Wilson Pond, from Opus Twelve (2012). For Mandolin Orchestra.
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, 2012.

Las Alas Derretidas (2010, 2012).
Premiere by Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Austin Texas, 2010. New edition 2012.
Jabu (2008). Quartet For Three Mandolins and Guitar.
Premiere by Joel Hobbs, Paul Glasse, Richard Somers & Bret Boyer, Austin Texas, 2008.
Okeanos (2008). Quartet for Guitar.
Mbaqanga for BJ (2006). Quartet for Guitar.
Father of the Forest (2005). Quartet for Guitar.
Hawthorn Hill (2004). Quartet for Guitar.
Ad Astra per Aspera (2004). For Mandolin Orchestra.

Solo
Sal a Gosto (2015). Solo for Guitar.
Premiere by Rodrigio Baggio at Composer’s Voice 5th Annual Trajetória Brasileira concert at Jan Hus Church, NY, NY on February 22, 2015.
Winner of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame contest.
Ouvimos o Som do Mar Nas Conchas (2012). Solo for Flute.
Monkey Do (2012). Solo for Piano.
Sautillant Gigue (2012). Solo for Harpsichord.
Spiral Refuge, from Opus Twelve (2012). Solo for Marimba.
Premiere by Jacob Hodges, Austin Texas, June, 2012.
Clancy’s Farewell from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011). Solo for Guitar.

Choral Works
Starlight Shine (2011).  Carol for SATB Choir (English text) and Handbells.

Music for Film
Incidental Music, for That Devil Jazz (1984)

Music for Theater and Contemporary Dance
Tales of the Forest – A Suite for Flute, Cello and Guitar (2018)

Jazz Tunes
Brisk, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Tickling the Dragon’s Tail, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Jasmine, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Under the Sky, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Kipuka, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Chugboat’s Bolero, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Heart Mountain Highway from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
In Appreciation of Small Miracles from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).

Fiddle Tunes
Papillon et Escargot Waltz (2018)
Premiere by Chris Peterson, Nathan Quiring, Joel Hobbs in January 2018.
Not Yet Waltz (2013).
January Jig (2012).
Strategory Waltz (2012).
The Tree of Diana (2012).
The Tree of Mars (2012).
Wild Rumpus Set: A Forest Grew, Wild Things Stomp (2012).
Aspettandolo, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Il Boccolo di San Marco, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Stella Kwela, from Good Dogs Always Eat (2011).
Anniversary Waltz (2010).
A Buffalo on the Road to Bozeman (2003).
Clancy’s Glen (2006).
Cloud Nine Waltz (2002).
Ham and Enos in Orbit (2002).
Tabitha’s Bucket of Sapphires (2001).

Interested in collaborating with

Chamber and dance groups seeking to collaborate with a composer to create new music.

Additional info

Scores and parts are available, contact the composer directly.