An album cover I did for composer and multi-instrumentalist Joel R Hobbs (b. 1963) who 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.