Joel Davel, Marimba Lumina
Joel Davel is a percussionist who combines his classical training with intimate knowledge and use of electronic music resources. Davel’s diverse career and influences range from traditional acoustic folk and classical music to the highly experimental.
Davel has been a member of the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Electro-Acoustic Band since 1999 and his also works with Dresher as part of the Dresher-Davel Invented Instrument Duo and Double Duo (a quartet). Other notable close collaborators include Amy X Neuburg, Jack West, John Duykers, Guillermo Galindo, and most recently as part of Vân-Ánh Võ’s Blood Moon Orchestra. He has composed and performed live for several dNaga dance productions and appeared in theater productions for The California Shakespeare Theater, West Edge Opera, and South Coast Repertory.
As a mentee of electronic music pioneer Don Buchla for over 20 years, he continues the design of electronic music instruments, including continued refinement of the Buchla Marimba Lumina — Davel’s signature instrument. Davel holds a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from Mills College.