Prepared piano

I am an emerging composer, improviser and pianist based in Toronto.  When I improvise, I often play on the strings of the piano.  I love the sounds I get from different types of brushes.  I use a number of different implements, including an Indonesian gamelan mallet, chop sticks, miniature drum sticks, and clips. The art of putting things on the piano strings to change the sound is called prepared piano.

Joel Garten Prepared piano, playing on the strings of the piano

Joel Garten Prepared piano, playing on the strings of the piano

Joel Garten playing on the strings of the piano – 4 from Joel Garten on Vimeo.

Joel Garten perfoming on the strings of the piano. A live improvisation.

Joel Garten: The Artist In The Studio

Here are some photos of me working in the studio. I use a lot of different mediums, oil pastel, oil paint, oil stick and acrylic. Sometimes I use them all in one piece! I work very intuitively and I really like using my hands to do handpainting or fingerpainting. My work is expressive, and are influenced by my work as a composer and by Abstract Expressionism and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photos by Bill Kobzey.

Visit my website to see more image www.joelgarten.com

 

Artworks on the floor of the studio

Artworks on the floor of the studio

Joel painting with his hand

Joel painting with his hand

Acrylic on paper painting

Acrylic on paper painting

mixed media on paper artwork by emerging artist Joel Garten

mixed media on paper artwork by emerging artist Joel Garten

Artist at work in the studio

Artist at work in the studio

Working oil pastel on paper

Working oil pastel on paper

closeup of the artist at work

closeup of the artist at work

New Improvised Piano Music

I just posted a new piece of improvised piano music on Soundcloud.  My music is inspired and influenced by Keith Jarrett and Morton Feldman. I have been improvising piano music for more than 20 years  My piano improvisations are also influenced by visual artist, such as Giorgio Morandi, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. I consider my music to be Art Music, as in music that is art. The intersection of music and art is very important to me, as I am also a visual artist. My art and music are united in following a sense of “flow” of one thing progressing to the next naturally,

improvised piano music

Music for Modern Dance

Music for Modern Dance, Provided Royalty Free

I am a composer, improviser and pianist in Toronto. I have been improvising music for more than 20 years.  My work is influenced by Morton Feldman and Keith Jarrett, as well as visual artists such as Mark Rothko. I provide recordings of my music to dance companies for performances of modern dance.  These recording are of my piano improvisations, and the music is provided royalty-free to modern dance companies. (with permission, to non-profit groups).

My improvisations have a lot to do with dance.  I move around while I play in a dance-like way, and my work is very gestural – it is based on the physical feeling of playing the music and the spatial relationship of the keys, as much as by sound.  My rhythms are very complex and are always shifting subtly, something than can provide a fascinating interplay with choreography.

If you would like to hear my music, visit my website www.joelgarten.com and click on Art Msuc, then the “listen” link. The material on the website is only a sample, I have an archive of material that I can provide if you would like to hear a larger selection of my work. I have a lifelong love of dance, and I am interested in collaborations, live performances and commissions of new work for dance as well.

Music for Modern Dance

Music for Modern Dance by Joel Garten

(photo by Bill Kobzey)

Joel Garten’s Website: www.joelgarten.com 

Toronto Emerging Artist

I am an emerging artist from Toronto, Canada.  My artwork is intense and filled with energy.  I work mainly in mixed media on paper. Along with being an emerging artist, I am also a composer and writer.  My artwork is inspired by the flow of music and rhythm, and as an artist I have many influences, from abstract expressionism to Asian textiles.  My studio is in downtown Toronto. – Joel Garten 

Untitled” by Joel Garten

 

Untitled” by Joel Garten

Untitled” by Joel Garten

joel garten art

Untitled” by Joel Garten

 

 

 

 

 

Sassetta, The Journey of the Magi

Sassetta was a Sienese painter, one of my favorites painters of the renaissance.  This painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I visit it whenever I am there.  The composition of this painting is very mysterious, with the monkey, the stork and the central figure. Sassetta’s landscapes are always really barren and strangely beautiful.

sassetta