Joanne D. Carey studied composition with Lou Harrison, Tikey Zes, and Alan Strange at San Jose State University where she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees (1979, 1986). She spent a decade (1983-1993) as a visiting composer at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) during which she composed three computer-generated pieces. These include gamelan R-gong gong (1984), a piece based on gamelan structures and two pieces using John Chowning’s voice-instrument program, Clouds’ Lament (1988), and Intonations of the Wind (1990). The latter two developed detailed control of synthesized voices to produce unusual choral effects. Clouds’ Lament was described as “essentially an atonal fantasia . . . with ethereal, gliding voices . . . evocative and poetic piece” (Palo Alto Daily News) and Intonations of the Wind as “a rich polyphony . . . well balanced, beautifully processed and crafted into orchestral textures” (Computer Music Journal). Her involvement with CCRMA continued to have a major influence on the direction of her musical energies. The following decade, she took up the radio-baton, a unique controller invented at CCRMA by professor Max Matthews, (Max Mathews Radio Baton Demonstration – YouTube). Intrigued by this accompanying instrument, she composed and transcribed seven pieces for it that were performed with various instrumental and vocal soloists. Among these are Three Spanish Songs for soprano and radio baton inspired by poetry of Pablo Neruda. They have been performed at concerts around the United States as well as in Poland, Mexico, and Hong Kong. A recording featuring soprano Maureen Chowning is available from the composer. Other major pieces in this oeuvre include Adventures on a Theme (1997) for flute and radio baton that features a radio-baton improvisation movement based on programs in C++ created by the composer, and Sinfonia Concertante (2008) for French horn and radio-baton. An instrumental version of Sinfonia Concertante was released in 2014 on the Navona Records album FOUNDATIONS.

In 2018, her Piano Trio No.1: Solo la Sombra was recorded by Trio Casals and performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May. This piano trio was a transposition of a previous vocal setting of Neruda’s poetry for soprano, piano, and cello. The composer feels extremely fortunate to be able to collaborate with Trio Casals a second time and enjoy their virtuosic playing and expressive grasp of the nuances of her latest Piano Trio No. 2.

Albums

Moto Quarto

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6237
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Acclaimed international piano trio Trio Casals makes a triumphant return with the fourth installment of Navona Records' MOTO series, zestfully interpreting nine new American compositions – virtually all of them either tailor-made or arranged for the ensemble. The opening track, Three for Three by David Nisbet Stewart, could almost be considered a neoclassical piano trio – if you're thinking along the lines of Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges. Like his Russian predecessor, Stewart chose to endow his composition with a perspicacious structure, along which the motives and modulations climb like vines on a trellis.
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Moto Bello

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6156
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
Navona Records and the acclaimed ensemble Trio Casals proudly present MOTO BELLO, the next chapter in the moving series that brought 2015’s MOTO CONTINUO and MOTO PERPETUO in 2013. Living up to its name, MOTO BELLO, or “beautiful motion,” is a collection celebrating the synergy of Trio Casals and the vibrant works of ten contemporary composers including Diane Jones, Beth Mehocic, David N. Stewart, Sidney Bailin, L Peter Deutsch, Giovanni Piacentini, Adrienne Albert, Clive Muncaster, Joanne D. Carey, and Bruce Babcock.
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Cadence

Release Date: October 14, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6061
21st Century
Chamber
Liturgical
Vocal Music
Piano
Voice
CADENCE, the new vocal music compilation from Navona Records, offers a set of inspired, emotive premiere recordings by composers Christopher J. Hoh, David Kirtley, Joanne D. Carey, and Timothy Kramer in works juxtaposing the ethereal and the earthy, the diaphanous and the muscular, and the serene and the agile.
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Foundations

Release Date: February 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5939
21st Century
Liturgical
Orchestral
Vocal Music
Choir
Orchestra
Excerpts from the Bible, text from the Middle Ages, and traditional instrumentation (organ, orchestral, and choral) form the basis of six composers' inspired works on FOUNDATIONS to create stirring, new contemporary classical music. By connecting to the roots of historical texts and musical conventions - in some cases the foundations of our collective cultures - these pieces present a modern spin on traditional materials, sounds, and forms.
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Fine Music, Vol. 4

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5916
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Oboe
Orchestra
Saxophone
FINE MUSIC, VOL. 4 is the fourth compilation of the Navona Records Fine Music digital series. This installment features the works of David Nisbet Stewart, Brian Noyes, Jonathan Little, Daniel Perttu, Curt Cacioppo, Santiago Billoni, Alejejandro Rutty, Joanne Carey, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Summer, Roger Bourland, Kjell Magne Andersen, and Jan Van der Roost.
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