Composer and member of Feral States, Church Booty, BOYCUT, and Matthäus. Contributing member of many others.
Cursed, for saxophone quartet (official video): https://vimeo.com/129590214
BOYCUT - Wave (official video): https://vimeo.com/132369555
Joseph Meland is a young composer, performer, and producer whose genre-bending music has been described as "often elegiac, waiting until its passengers are lulled, then swerving into oncoming traffic ... an antidote to placidity" (A Closer Listen), and “twisted in a particular way that is pretty gripping” (Smile Politely). He recently premiered his concerto for rock band, “FAUVE”, at the prestigious Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, for which he won a BMI Student Composer Award. He has also received awards from the Wisconsin School Music Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards for his electro-acoustic composition “null cycles.”. He holds a Bachelor's degree in composition from the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign. His composition teachers include Carlos Carrillo, Stephen Taylor, Erik Lund, and Narcís Bonet.
He is currently active as part of the bands BOYCUT, Feral States, Church Booty, and Matthäus. BOYCUT was recently featured by the Chicago Tribune, who stated that the group is "unlike most other pop music in the city ... demonstrating a level musicianship far beyond their young years". Feral States' first release, “Light”, was featured as one of the Top 10 releases of 2013 in Champaign by Smile Politely Magazine, and was further praised by Champaign radio station WPGU 107.1 FM for having “excellent composition”. Feral States and Church Booty were both featured on Smile Politely's "Top live shows of 2015" list.
As a classical pianist, Joseph is committed to playing contemporary music. Alongside recent performances of works by Ligeti and Messiaen, he has performed works written by his colleagues as well as himself. He has studied piano at the University of Illinois with Rochelle Sennet.
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