New School Jazz student Joe Harley (piano) presents his senior recital.
This recital will depict the music expedition I've embarked upon. Starting with my gospel roots which will segue into my expressive music presentation. I will conclude with a live hip hop/production.
Joseph B. Harley (pianist/composer/arranger/producer) is a native of New Jersey, by way of New York City. Harley is a rising musician of today's generation who is building his character and repertoire in the music industry. His style of playing has been best described as "harmonic" because of his intricate style, and consistent exploration of tonal variances. He combines what he “hears” with what he “knows,” and the results are a seamless merging of skill, technique, and passion.
As a child, Harley played drums (which is still a hobby), then transitioned to piano when he was age 19, after two years in the US Air Force. During that time, he was a part of "Operation Southern Watch," "Operation Enduring Freedom," and "Operation Iraqi Freedom." After eight years of diligently serving his country, Harley discovered a deeper passion for music which ultimately shifted his career.
Over the years, Harley has been privileged to accompany artists across genres from R&B, Gospel, to Jazz, and Hip Hop, with a career that has allowed him to accompany world renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Hall Worship & Praise, Harlem Gospel Choir, Chrisette Michele, Avant, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Tamar Braxton, Mobb Deep, and Hip Hop super star Ludacris.
Currently Harley is in his final year at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and will receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance in May 2013, with a concentration in Piano. After graduation, his immediate plans include leading tutorials and workshops, teaching piano to young adults, and actively producing the music of talented independent artists, as well as composing. His over-arching goal is to launch a multi-media production company, in particular so aspiring artists will have a place that affords them room and time to really develop – and fly.