Willow: in memory of Lyle Mays
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I have another "particular set of skills," that of an ophthalmologist, having practiced in DC, NY, and here in the Berkshires. I volunteer at an eye clinic at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), Berkshires. VIM is a non-profit organization offering a wide range of healthcare for the un- and minimally-insured population, largely composed of immigrant families. The organization's amazing medical director, Ilana Steinhauer, along with her warm, caring and highly skilled staff, have created a far-reaching program with the help of dedicated volunteer physicians, dentists and other healthcare workers. I was inspired to write Viva VIM! as a tribute to the joy and spirit of our mostly Latino community of patients we have the honor of treating as we welcome them into the close-knit VIM family.
This piece was written for Berkshire Pulse, a fabulous dance and creative arts organization, and is a reflection of the joy I have savored over the years watching many Pulse performances. Inspired children (my own included) and adults have had the great fortune to learn, perform and grow in the positive and nurturing environment of the Pulse family. The piece is a distillation of several musical genres featured in a Pulse Spring Gala dance performance program — blending West African instruments and rhythms, hip-hop, funk, and jazz. The main theme is derived from a ballet by Delibes that captures what I heard each performer saying in motion: "This is me!"
“Joe Gold has captured the American cinematic idiom in his music — its elegance, freshness and breadth — continuing the legacy of Leonard Rosenman, Bernard Herrmann and the best Hollywood composers.”
—Yehuda Hanani American-Israeli cellist
“Creative and intuitive, full of emotion and unexpected surprises with memorable melodies that stick with you for days.”
—Phil Sheeran composer, orchestrator, musician, instructor
Berklee College of Music
“Joe writes engaging music filled with catchy melodies and evocative harmonies. He can communicate a wide range of emotions within his compositions, as well as deliver professional recordings.”
—Ben Newhouse, Composer and Music Composition Professor, Berklee College of Music
“Joseph Gold has written some sensitive and effective music. He has a mature dramatic sense, and is able to add a wide variety of suitable emotional color to a film. You will enjoy what you hear.”
—Jack Freeman, Film Scoring Department, Berklee College of Music
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