Joel Garten has written about music, travel, lifestyle and health.  He is in the process of writing a highly regarded series of articles about new music performers and composers.

Here is an archive of articles by Joel Garten published on the Huffington Post:


Interview With MoMA Curator David Platzker About the New Exhibition on John Cage

“Like meditation, and the TV show Seinfeld, Cage’s work 4’33” shows us that a whole world can open up when you decide to do nothing.” – Joel Garten

moma facebook imageThe article was featured on the Museum of Modern Art’s facebook page and twitter feed (1.6 million followers) This article covers the new MoMA exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33“, as well as the intersection between art and music, my work as an artist and composer, and how the MoMA is getting into collecting audio. It also features a recording of a piano improvisation I wrote for another MoMA curator, Barbara London, who put together last year’s show Soundings. You can listen here. In this piece I play on the strings of the piano with an Indonesian gamelan mallet. The intersection between art and music is something that is very dear to my heart. I have been improvising on the piano for more than 20 years, and since the beginning, my music has been inspired an influenced by visual artists, such as Mondrian, Pollock, and Giorgio Morandi.  You can read more about my visual art influences on my website here.  I am also a painter, and my work as a composer and artist cross pollinate each other.  Many people have told me they see music in my paintings.


Artist Profile: Ian David Rosenbaum, Brooklyn-Based New Music Percussionist

Artist Profile: Interview with Composer Andy Akiho

Claudia Chan: Up-and-Coming New Music Pianist

How An Orchestra Found Success With an Oil Company (Alex Pauk, Esprit Orchestra Conductor)

New Avant Garde Classical Music Composed and Performed During Hurricane Sandy

Artist Profile: The ‘Mix Tape’ New Music Pianist Vicky Chow


Your Guide to Cheap, European Flights – Ryanair

Five Great Summer Outings in Toronto

Ten Tips for Travelling in Venice

Ten Tips for Travelling in Florence


Tiny Tips for Starting on the Road to Health

New York Times

Joel Garten has had four Letters To The Editor published by the New York Times:

Letter to the Editor, published July 2007
Joel correctly predicts nothing bad will happen on the Mayan calendar date in 2012

LETTERS; 8th Annual Year In Ideas Published December 28, 2008

Letters: The 6th Annual Year in Ideas December 24, 2006

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Joel Garten is also the publisher of the new arts and culture journal Fresh Pound, which particularly focuses on artist interviews, artist profiles and first person arts journals.  Fresh Pound is looking for submissions, so if you are interested in writing about arts, get in touch!  www.freshpound.com