RESIDENCY ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES
A residency can only be truly successful if it is conceived and developed to be integrated into the goals of the program of the institution for which it is being presented.”
While all fine artists and educators have something valuable to provide in their educational offerings, it is fundamental to Joseph Daley’s vision that his residencies are delivered in keeping with his quote above.
“My goal is to enhance the program educators’ focus for their students through my own message, while leaving behind something that can be built upon after I’ve left.”
The activities listed here can all be adapted to the recipient program’s needs and purposes. An essential element of Joseph’s residencies is to clearly define with the host program exactly what they want to get out of the residency.
Another key element in Joseph’s vision – and in all of his efforts as composer, performer and educator – is a focus upon innovation combined with passing along the classic oral traditions of recognized masters of the jazz legacy who have directly touched him during his long and productive career. Joseph is eminently qualified in both aspects. He has been directly touched and influenced by the masters with whom he has performed, including his mentor Sam Rivers, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Muhal Richard Abrams and Taj Mahal; and his music is highly innovative and adventurous, yet fully conceived within the classic elements of the jazz tradition. In addition, he balanced his extensive performing career with more than 30 years as an educator in the New York and New Jersey school systems.
For those educators who want to expand their students’ minds without undermining the fundamental traditions of the jazz legacy, Joseph Daley is the ideal person for that job.
“I have been so blessed to have been so closely connected with some of the deepest spirits of contemporary jazz. It’s incumbent upon me to return their gifts to me by transmitting what I learned to the future generations of pursuers of this profound music.”
Joseph Daley has been a friend, mentor and brass hero of mine since we first worked together twenty years ago. Long known as one of the pioneering virtuosos of improvising tuba players, Joseph has more recently garnered attention for his beautiful large ensemble compositions, drawing on his long experiences with masters like Sam Rivers, Gil Evans, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Carla Bley. With complex rhythmic interplay and counterpoint, and lush post-Ellington harmonies, Joseph’s work simultaneously celebrates the tradition and looks forward to new ideas. It was a pleasure and an honor to have Joseph as a guest composer with my student ensemble at Dartmouth College - his music provided an exquisite challenge for my young musicians, and his guidance brought them to another level as artists - several of my students had palpable breakthroughs as improvisers playing his music and inspired by his ideas, it was a delight to witness.
– Taylor Ho Bynum, director of the jazz and creative music ensemble at Dartmouth College