A NW native, Joel grew up in Portland, learning classical piano early on. Searching for his own style, he pursued Jazz, in which he found expression through the freedom of improvisation. Developing his composition, Joel's writing gradually took on more precise definition within the rural-folk genre (similar to that of George Winston).
A year out from his debut album Joel released the Beckonging Winter, another album of original piano instrumentals. This CD takes a definite “winter” tone, while still holding the relaxing feel found on his debut album, The Joy of Stillness (contact Joel for info).
Like his first album, Joel produced and recorded the whole project. However, this album’s artwork and design were provided by Brandon Buerkle, who wonderfully ties the feel of the music with the look of the album.