Galvanize with Fretwork
Collaboration with viol ensemble Fretwork.
....‘Diamonds in the Sand’ by guitarist Joel Bell ... Dr. Bell’s piece excelled in combining jazz elements, beat cycles and colours, with improvisational elements...good examples of creating engaging crossover works of both Eastern and Western influence in contemporary compositional style, but relying on older forms and musical archetypes to create something original.
-Calgary Herald, Banff, Canada, April 1, 2015, Stephan Bonfield
The glow-worm glows by guitarist Joel Bell, drawing bright and pulsing riffs over an ostinato that threatened to but never quite overwhelmed the line. They finished with pure improvisation, though the material was consciously ‘dirty’ in origin
...highly intelligent and individual approach to the integration of improvisational techniques within notated composition...’