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The Grey Land
A music drama that explores themes of acceptance and identity through the intractable issues of race, class, and power in American society.Created By: Joseph Phillips
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Joseph PhillipsBrooklyn, NY
Numinous is a flexible ensemble of up to 30 musicians that was founded in 2000 by composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. to perform his music. Whether it is performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, or through its recordings, including 2009’s Vipassana (innova), 2015’s Changing Same (New Amsterdam Records) and 2020 The Grey Land (New Amsterdam Records), this unique ensemble–part chamber orchestra, part contemporary alternative group–deftly and organically transmutes inspiration from contemporary classical, jazz, world, and popular music as well as cinema, literature, and science. Numinous reflects Phillips’s musical philosophy of mixed music; the term is inspired by mixed race people who have traits and characteristics that come from each individual parent, from the melding of the two, and their own uniqueness. Mixed music is a fusion of artistic and cultural influences into one distinctive and singular vision and style. Numinous and Phillips’s music generate emotions in the listener that resonate with beauty, mystery, and wonder in order to challenge, enlighten, and refresh.
Joseph C. Phillips Jr.
Composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. has been awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council Arts Fund grant, New Music USA project grant, a J-Fund grant from the Jerome Foundation and American Composers Forum, Meet the Composers grant, an American Music Center CAP grant, two Live Music for Dance commission grants, and was a finalist for the Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellowship and Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence. In addition to the worldwide performances of his works, including the 2003 Steve Reich Festival at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, new works have been written and commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the Maryland Opera Studio, the NextNOW Fest, pianist Lara Downes, Face the Music for Simone Dinnerstein’s Neighborhood Classics concert series, St. Olaf College, the University of Maryland, the University of Denver, Delirious Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Maffei Dance Company, and a number of other musicians and ensembles. He is also the founder and conductor of the ensemble Numinous.
The Grey Land, an opera
The Grey Land opera, New Amsterdam Records (2020)
The Loves of Pharaoh from 2012 Next Wave Festival Brooklyn Academy of Music
New score for Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh (1922) composed by Joseph C. Phillips Jr. Commissioned for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 30th Next Wave Festival and performed live by the ensemble Numinous, under the direction of the composer, October 18, 19, 20, 2012 for the inaugural screening of the Steinberg Screen in the newly renovated BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY