Guitarist/composer Joesf Glaude draws on a wide range of influences to create an instrumental art form of textures, moods, and melodies. It is an improvised music based on very structured ideas. He is a gypsy spirit in the truest sense. He has spent his life traveling all over the US and Canada, Central and South America, Western Europe, India, and Africa. His musical influences are just as varied and include African guitarist Ali Farka Toure, sitar player Ravi Shankar, jazz artists Duke Ellington and Eric Dolphy, and classical composers such as C.P.E. Bach and Stravinsky.
Joesf knew he wanted to play music the first time he heard the Beatles. That Christmas he received his Grandfathers tenor banjo and a harmonica. After hearing Scotty Moore's solo on Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel, Joesf knew he wanted to be a guitarist. Joesf's father enrolled him in lessons with local jazz guitarist Charlie Johnson.
As a teen, Joesf’s first true musical venture was as a guitarist with the punk band “Tropical Skin Disease”. By his senior year in high school he was playing tenor guitar and dulcimer in the folk band “Oracle”. He continued his exploration of various forms of music playing five-string banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass in the country/bluegrass band “90 Proof” and 12-string guitar in the folk rock band “Clipper”.
By college, Joesf discovered a real passion for the guitar, theoretical as well as practical. As a guitar major at Christopher Newport College, he played classical guitar with the Williamsburg Chamber Orchestra as well as electric guitar with the jazz combo “The Wiz Kids” and in the swing band “Duke”. His longest running band was the jazz/fusion group “Mirrors and Changes” in which he played guitar, keyboard, and bass.
Joesf became head guitar Professor at ORU. He left ORU to pursue his music exclusively focusing on small groups, solo acoustic, and harp guitar. Joesf helped design his primary Harp guitar with Oklahoma guitar builder Glen Morgan. He first used this on his CD "Perfect World"
“From Classical I learned the importance of structure and melody, from Jazz I learned freedom and from World music I learned to challenge myself with new ideas. Music has as much to do with who we are as where we are in life. We are influenced by our experiences as well as what we hear."
additional members including drums available
Mysterium Rosarium - 1999
Love and the Real World - 2002
Perfect World - 2005
Practice makes Perfect
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Joesf Glaude Perfect World (St. Cecilia’s Music) With Perfect world, Joesf glaude continue...Joesf Glaude
(St. Cecilia’s Music)
With Perfect world, Joesf glaude continues to expand his musical palette, in a natural progression from his last disc, 2001's Love and the Real World.
Glaude’s fluid, expressive guitar work touches on his past neo-classical playing and continues forward with jazz and Latin flavors, even adding his “harp guitar” to the mix this time around.
Although not a rock record, guitar fans will enjoy this disc as Joesf’s playing is technically sound while still inventive and original. While this release could easily get lumped in with the plethora of new age releases out in the marketplace, Glaude’s sense of melody and pop sensibilities should also make his instrumental work appeal to adult contemporary and jazz fans.
(But hey, we review even country music in this space.)
“The Lady’s Voice” is an early standout on the disc, sure to garner attention with its jazzy swing and loose swagger. Elsewhere on the disc, “Llevo Del Fuego” bounces along with an airy, Latin rhythm and “Sangre De Vida” spotlights Glaude’s impeccable Nylon string playing.
Of the three songs included on the disc that feature Joesf’s harp guitar, “Watercolour Sun” is my personal favorite mixing a percussive, harmonic attack with beautiful finger-picked passages. “Echoed Shadows” layers 3 guitar parts on one another, building on his classical technique to create beautifully rich wall of sound.
By continuing to build on the foundations of his previous work, Glaude has created a diverse but coherrent disc that gives it cross-over appeal to a wide range of music fans. With the national release of “Perfect World” scheduled for April 26 and the label pushing for radio airplay, Joesf shouldn’t have any issure building on his fan base. _ Gary Hizer
Recommended for: fans of Craig Chaquico, Russ Freeman, Phil Keaggy.
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By: James D. Watts Jr. World Scene Writer It’s understandable to think that guitarist ...By: James D. Watts Jr.
World Scene Writer
It’s understandable to think that guitarist Joesf glaude was being ironic when he title his most recent CD “Perfect World.”
The history of this particular project would certainly lead to the conclusion.
Glaude’s original title for the disc was “Vincit Nihil Amor,” a Latin translation of the phrase “Love conquers nothing,” and a summation of Glaude’s state of mind after the break-up of a romantic relationship.
Then, a business arrangement with a record label went south, putting the future of the recording in limbo for some time.
On top of that, Glaude has been finding it extremely difficult to land gigs in his home town.
“Because I’m a solo guitarist playing original music, everyone seems to think I’ll be willing to play for free,” Glaude said with a rueful smile. “Most of the time, I’m playing out of state.”
Glaude ultimately found another label, Louisiana Red Hot Records, to distribute his Cd, using the tracks he had already recorded. He also considered changing the title to “Summer Rain” a favorite of the 13 tracks on the new album.
“But then, I was sitting on my porch one day, my shoes off, a cold beer in my hand, and my dog by my side, and I thought to myself, ‘You know, this is a perfect world,’ “ he said. “Beer, bare feet, a good dog - what more could you want?”
Well, Glaude would appreciate a lot of people coming to hear him and some colleagues perform Sunday evening at the Church of the Madalene.
The concert marks the release of Glaude’s “Perfect World” CD, and a portion of the sales of all CDs will be donated to Catholic charities.
The disc features all original compositions, performed by Glaude on electric, classical, bass and harp guitars, with assistance from fellow guitarists Darin Gerald and Josh Heiland, bassist Caleb Denison and percussionists Nick Wyke and David Honerkamp.
However, Glaude said, all the people he recorded the disc with have either moved or are under the weather, “so I’ll be playing with a bunch of new people,” including Martin Perez and Quincy Parker.
The music ranges from free-form improvisational pieces like “Isabel/Between You and Me” to classical-style guitar trios like “Echoed Shadows,” to solo numbers that feature Glaude performing on one of his harp guitars.
For the recording, Glaude used a 12-string harp guitar built for him by Tulsa luthier Glen Morgan. In addition to a conventional arrangement of six strings, a harp guitar has six extra strings stretched over a specially constructed body.
He has recently acquired another harp guitar - this one made by a maker in Canada, and designed along the lines of the Dyer harp guitars that were popular in the early 20th century.
“The only problem is,” Glaude said, smiling, “is that this guy followed the design of the Dyers a little too closely, and used the sort of bracing used for a nylon stringed classical guitar. And this is a steel-stringed instrument. So in maybe 20 years or so, this guitar will do what a lot of the old Dyer guitars did and -“Glaude held out a hand and slowly curled the fingers over the palm,” - fold up like a wallet.”
Still, Glaude likes the versatility afforded by the extra strings of the harp guitar.
“I had some songs where I would literally be trying to play two guitars at once, to get the sounds I wanted,” he said. “That got tedious real quick. With a guitar like this, I can produce what I hear in my head without a lot of retuning or anything.”
Glaude has commissioned another harp guitar from Morgan, this one an 18-string model. It should be ready, he said, in around six months.
The Canadian harp guitar has been featured prominently in the posters Glaude has put up around town to advertise his concert.
“It’s funny watching people react to that poster,” Glaude said. “I’m barefoot in that photograph, because that’s the way I usually perform, and my dog is in the picture as well.
“When children see that poster,” he said, “they say, ‘Look at the puppy! Guys look at it and say ‘Cool guitar! And the women see it and go ‘Why isn’t he wearing shoes?’ And then, they notice the dog.
Good Music, Bad Music
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Yes, it really can be divided up that way Joesf Glaude Love and the Real World Cosmopolitan...
Yes, it really can be divided up that way
Love and the Real World
Cosmopolitan guitarist Joesf Glaude describes his art as an improvised music based on very structured ideas. No doubt the flawless combination of technical accomplishment and artistic imagination seems to be at the marrow of Glaude’s Love and the Real World. It is a living, breathing album of introspective, wandering guitar compositions.
Fluttery scales dance over jazzy rhythm patterns to create a cool, engaging vibe. “ Wall Around Your Heart” and “Face Of An Angel” cascade with drifting melodies while “ Why So Sad ?” and “Crystal Eyes” bear a classical elegance, augmented with a violin. “Alone Too Long”, featuring shiny mandolin work, moves with slow, forlorn desolation, evoking a quiet, breathless beauty. “Interlude #9: Marie”, tends toward a renaissance-like darkness, bleak and even soundless at points.
Love and the Real World is an intersting album, its simplicity allowing for Glaude’s vision of controlled, yet free, artistic expression to blossom. It is the result of the belief that there truly is a type of music that can be called “good”, and that through dedicated meditation, this goodness can be realized. - Joseph Felzke
Radio Airwaves Top 100 Airwaves Chart
#85 Joesf Glaude - Love... And The Real World - St Cecilia
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Joesf Glaude “Love and the Real World” 14 Tracks comprise this most extraordinary melding of man...Joesf Glaude
“Love and the Real World”
14 Tracks comprise this most extraordinary melding of man and guitar in an altruistic, live in the studio, relaease by Joesf Glaude. The liner notes intimate the revelation of only one or two tracks per song and lends a welcomed freshness toa recorded work this is usually reserved for the concert setting. What you hear is the closest approximation to a front seat in a live venue. Every nuance of technique, inflection, phrasing, and fingering is laid bare allowing the artist to achieve an intimate one on one listening session.
The influence of jazz is very evident yet not totally dominant in the track selections. The influences of modern and classical works may be found interwoven within each melody and even extends to the chordal structures voicing each song.
The playing is powerful and honest as Joesf, not a practitioner of guitar pyro-techniques, relies upon the heartfelt compositions themselves to achieve his voice and relay his message to the listener.
Joesf’s delicate balance of chord structure with melodic interludes builds each composition in an inviting relaxed manner.
A most welcome addition to the rotation during the “Acoustic Resonance” hour of the New Age Sampler radio show.
New Age Sampler July 2002
WAWL Chattanooga State College
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Joesf Glaude gave an exceptionally splendid live performance on WAWL “Light In The Night”. Many list...Joesf Glaude gave an exceptionally splendid live performance on WAWL “Light In The Night”. Many listeners asked if it was a live or pre-recorded interview. From Joesf’s MYSTERIUM ROSARIUM tracks 8(“Purgatio”), 11 (“Resurrectio”) and 12 (“Ascencio”) were in heavy rotation on the program at that time. MOOD FOR A DAY is one of the most itricate classical guitar recordings of our time. Tracks 4 (“Her Second Choice”) and 8 (“Alone Too Long”) from LOVE...AND THE REAL WORLD are wonderful radio play.
Joesf expresses reflective moods into spiritually moving guitar pieces.
flyingman (Mark Caldwell)
KRSC Radio Rogers State University
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The Music of Joesf Glaude could perhaps be best described by the titles of his releases - each title...The Music of Joesf Glaude could perhaps be best described by the titles of his releases - each title evocative of certain sets of emotions.
His first album, Mood For A Day, does just that - it puts you in a mood. The music brings a sense of serenity and speaks clearly to your consciousness. Joesf puts his individual touch to each of these well-known & timeless pieces. Joesf uses his allotment of “chutzpah” on this debut recording, utilizing the first, and only live take for each track. This “warts and all” recording style actually adds character bringing a kind of “being there” quality to the listeners.
His second CD, Mysterium Rosarium , a theme based album, contains compositions by Joesf which were inspired by the Rosary. One of the many things I like about this album is that the listener does not have to be of a certain faith to enjoy this thought-provoking music. The theme Joesf plays of is universal - a Life filled with joy, fear, pain, death and hope.
Joesf’s most recent release, Love...and the Real World, has a wonderfully sarcastic title with a basis in truth. This time Joesf brings his experiences with Love to the composing table. He proclaims Love as a dichotomy - with its’ glorious, storybook, floral fantasies and then its’ everyday, practical experiences.
Joesf’s compositions allow the listener to identify with his musical musings and appreciate his work on a more intimate level.
Cindy James, Producer/Host
KRSC Radio Rogers State University
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Current projects: solo, Joesf Glaude Trio Plays: ‘52 Gibson ES-175, Epiphone Broadway, Gibson Starb...Current projects: solo, Joesf Glaude Trio
Plays: ‘52 Gibson ES-175, Epiphone Broadway, Gibson Starburst 001, ‘75 Fender Stratocaster (also plays mandolin, banjo, harmonica, flute, dulcimer , bass guitar, violin, on and on)
Hometown: Newport New, VA.
History: Tropical Skin Disease (punk) , ‘80, VA.; Oracle (folk), ‘81, MD.; 90 Proof (bluegrass), ‘81, Md.; Williamsburg Chamber Orchestra, ‘83, Va.; The Wiz Kids (jazz), ‘84, Va.; Mirrors and Changes (jazz fusion), ‘85-‘88, Md. And NJ.; solo, ‘92 - current, Tulsa
Discography: “ Mood For A Day” (98) , “Mysterium Rosarium” (99) , “Love and the Real World” (01); also a book, “Creative Guitar” (‘00).
Musical catalyst: “I remember, it was the late ‘60's and the Beatles song “She Loves You” came over the radio, I can still describe the whole scene, even what my mother was wearing. I knew then that I wanted to be musician, and that Christmas I got a harmonica. I drove my family nust playing “Love Me Do” and Dylan songs.
Influences: Phil Keaggy, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton
Career highlights: chief guitar instructor at Oral Roberts Univ., ‘93-‘99, Tulsa; playing with Phil Keaggy, ‘94, Nashville; playing with Larry Carlton, ‘96, Calif.
BY: Thomas Conner
Little Red Dog
Wall Around Your Heart
Face of an Angel
The Ladys Voice
Llevo Del Fuego
Mollys Blue Day
Bad Dog Blues
Spanish Cat Jazz
Suger in the Raw
45 to 50 min set