As guitarist, composer and vocalist, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison resists categorization: jazz,
African and Indian, contemporary classical, blues and rock all have a place in his unique approach.
Remarking on his eclectic approach All About Jazz concluded that “Harrison’s ability to integrate
renders irrelevant the identification of his sources in compositions that range from edgy angularity to
sheer beauty…he dispenses with boundaries and creates his own mélange that’s as timeless as it is
Harrison graduated from Bard College with a BA in composition and performance in 1980 studying with
Joan Tower; in the ensuing years he worked privately with Allaudin Mathieu, Charlie Banacos, Ali Akbar
Khan and others