Joel Diamond's varied career has been noteworthy for an extraordinary array of eclectic choices and influences. He has enjoyed diverse experiences as a composer, arranger, producer and performer of both 'serious' and contemporary music. He is adept with Eastern as well as an American repertoire. His choices are avant garde, both as performer and composer. The fusion of traditional orchestral and contemporary electronica create a striking innovative style.
Selected by Variety as one of 20 'Creatives to Watch' Diamond created the score for the immensely powerful film The Believer (written and directed by Henry Bean). Winner of the Feature Film Competition for Drama at Sundance 2001, a rare honor, the film was singled out by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers as was "Joel Diamond's haunting score." Kirk Honeycutt's review in The Hollywood Reporter noted "the craftsmanship is first-rate- especially a moody and edgy score by Joel Diamond."
Joel just completed the Film "Bringing Tibet Home" directed by Tenzin Tsetan , (which just won the Prix du Jury de Jeunes Europeens) at the 27th edition of FIPA - International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (The International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes) in Biarritz, France.
"Joshua Tree" directed by Li Chen just premiered at The Cyrus International Film Festival, as well as Maximon" directed by Robert Flanagan, which premiered in Guatemala.
In his role as New Music Composer, Diamond has composed many chamber pieces which have been performed by The Apple Brass Quintet and Orquesta Nova. His Grammy nominated string quartet 'Danza Caprichosa' was recorded by Orquesta Nova on Chesky Records.
An early advocate of Cuban music, Mr. Diamond has had four pieces commissioned by The Cuban National Ballet. In May of 2003, he performed his commissioned work "Seasons" for Compania de la Danza Narciso Medina, which premiered at The Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process Series. Several of his works have been used by ballet and theater companies. Leonard & Minky, his urban ballet narrated by Mayor Ed Koch and choreographed by John Selya (TwylaTharp, ABT) was presented at the Dance Theater Workshop in January of 2000. His ballet Diad, choreographed by Suki John, was presented at the 92nd Street Y that same year.
Some of his other ballet commissions include L'Dor V'Dor commissioned by TCU choreographed by Suki John, Divide and Conquer"choreographed by Carolyn Dorfman, Joints choreographed by Martha Rzaza and "Emilita and the Faerie Glen" by Imelda O'Reilly
Mr. Diamond's other commissions include writing the scores for five Theater for the New City productions: Stone (written by Philip Courtney and directed by Eduardo Machado), Benny's Barber Shop (written and directed by Mark Marcante), Kiss the Cheek of the Moon (written by Yolanda Rodriguez), Oedepus (an adaptation by Jason Duchin), Fazinate written and directed by Imelda O'Reilly and his own The Baby Boomer.
Amongst a wide selection of Diamond's other work, his film scores include Neten Chokling's Milarepa (Shining Moon Productions) James Bruces' The Suicide Club (Angelika Films) Mary Jordan's Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (Tongue Press) , Heart of the Garden (PBS), Anima (Tangent Films) and "Dissident: Oswaldo Paya and the Varela Project" which premiered at Tribecca Film Festival, and "The Juction" directed by Ilan Ziv which won first prize at the Haifa Film festival, "Stalin's Wife" directed by Slava Tsukerman ("Liquid Sky"),
An experienced studio producer and musician, Diamond has produced the scores for Todd Solonz's Welcome to the Dollhouse (Sony Pictures and Polygram Records) and David Mamet's Oleanna (Hallmark). As well, Diamond has performed extensively as a studio and touring musician with a wide range of performers including Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Jane Olivor and many others.