Joel Roston is a composer, producer, guitar player, and teacher living in Boston, MA.
Among numerous commercials, independent videos, web-originals, and films, Joel composed, performed and recorded the score for the independent television comedy “Sharing,” which, in 2015, was picked up for pilot-production by NBC. He also co-composed music for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
He has written music for a number of ensembles including Boston Nonet, The Brooklyn Brass, Till By Turning, Evan Ziporyn’s Critical Band, Dedham Country Day School, and Duo Orfeo, as well as several compositions for the solo classical guitar.
Joel has played in, composed for, and toured with his own bands, Big Bear and Beautiful Weekend, as well as other projects including Tyondai Braxton’s Wordless Music Group, Man Forever, Evan Ziporyn’s Critical Band, MIT’s Balinese Gamelan ensemble Gamelan Galak Tika, Glenn Branca’s 100-guitar ensemble for “Symphony No. 13 Hallucination City,” and Kevin Micka’s Animal Hospital Ensemble. He has also had the pleasure of working with the LA Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the The London Sinfonietta.
As a teacher, Joel has worked with students of all abilities, ranging in age from five to seventy. He has guest lectured at universities, taught guitar and music theory privately in Connecticut, New York, and Boston, and is currently taking on new students at his home studio in Brighton, MA.
Joel studied classical guitar performance at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.