Dr Joel Music portrait

Welcome! If you like songs of love and laughter, and enjoy rhythm, then we are kindred spirits.

I love creating music, and love bringing music-making within everyone’s reach.  My students have included all levels from absolute beginners to recording artists. Anyone can learn rapidly to acquire the language Music, to chant notes and rhythms, to play these self-created notes and rhythms on simple and then complex instruments, and to join others in making music that expresses an individual personality and inspiration. Once you find a teacher who can develop your mastery of the language Music, grab them with both hands. They will set you on a life-long path of creating your own original music: that must be among the most fulfilling and refreshing of activities.

People also can learn fairly quickly to read and write musical notation, and so perform the canon of great written music (or even add to it if they are so inspired and original).

Rhythm is my particular passion in music. I use original rhythms to write polyphonic compositions for chamber groups, choirs, orchestras, and various instruments. I like to use interesting rhythms in my songs too. You might have seen me perform my songs on TV or at some festival, perhaps even opening for the wonderful group Kula Shaker on their tours across Britain and Europe.

I was schooled in rhythm at India’s top academy, the Sri JGTV Academy in Chennai (Madras). I learnt at the feet of the great guru Sri TR Harihara Sarma. My first group was a trio with the renowned brothers Sri TH “Vikku” Vinayakram (of Shakti fame) and Sri TH Subash Chandran. More recently I have been recording, performing, and teaching with drum colossus Billy Cobham (ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra and ex-Miles Davis, percussionist and composer). I also had the honor of collaborating with Dr. Balamurali Krishna, probably one of the world’s greatest musicians ever. He recorded solos for my choral “Gitanjali Suite” composition. This features lyrics from Rabindranath Tagore’s stunning “Gitanjali” volume of poetry.  “Gitanjali” won Tagore the Nobel prize for literature.

If you see me performing, do come and say hello. I have a ravenous appetite for life and joy, and love to chat to people and hear their stories. I look forward to hearing yours.