Program Books/Joel Davel

Joel Davel

marimba lumina

JOEL DAVEL’s diverse career ranges from traditional folk and classical to highly experimental and electronic. He is best known for his collaborative efforts with composer Paul Dresh­er, performing in duos and with the Electro-Acoustic Band. Often working in the worlds of dance, opera, and theater, Davel is music director for dNaga Dance Com­pany. He collaborated with electronic music pioneer Don Buchla for 20 years, and the resultant marimba lumina has become Davel’s signature instrument. Davel holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University and a master’s from Mills College.