Joseph Brent

Joseph Frederick Brent (born April 6, 1976) is an American composer, mandolinist, multi-instrumentalist,[1] and teacher. He is known for his performances and arrangements of rock and indie songs, as well as his original compositions with the ensemble 9 Horses.[2][3] He teaches classical mandolin at Mannes College.[4]

Joseph Brent
Brent in 2016 playing a fan-fretted mandolin.
Background information
Born (1976-04-06) April 6, 1976 (age 45)
Queens, New York
GenresClassical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, experimental
Instrumentsmandolin, guitar, violin
LabelsSunnyside Records, Vienna Modern Masters, orlando records
Associated acts9 Horses, Regina Spektor, Erin McKeown, Jewel, Sara Caswell, International Contemporary Ensemble

Brent attended the Berklee College of Music, and studied the mandolin under Carlo Aonzo in Savona, Italy.[5] He also received instruction from Barry Mitterhoff[6] and Adam Steffey.[7]

Joseph Brent with 9 Horses (l-r Sara Caswell, Brent, Andrew Ryan)

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Brent is active as a sideman in several rock, jazz, bluegrass,[8] and folk ensembles, most notably with Regina Spektor,[9] Jewel, Kishi Bashi,[10] Gary Smulyan,[11] and various artists centered on the Brooklyn folk music scene.

Brent also records[12][13] and has performed with symphony orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony,[14] Chicago Symphony,[15] International Contemporary Ensemble,[16] nunc,[17] and the New World Symphony.[18][19]

Joseph Brent in 2013 with his custom-made 10-string mandolin, named Kumi.

On October 16, 2015, Brent's improvising ensemble 9 Horses, featuring violinist Sara Caswell and bassist Shawn Conley released their debut album Perfectest Herald on Sunnyside Records,[20] and in 2016 were the winners of the 21CM LAUNCH: Emerging Artists Competition.[21]

Brent has published two books of mandolin pedagogy, Scales and Arpeggios for Mandolin and Orchestral and Chamber Excerpts for Mandolin, and his book of transcriptions of the lute music of John Dowland for two mandolins, conceived with Alon Sariel, was published in 2015 by paladino music.[22]