Joachim Horsley will release of “Combinations,” his first solo album which features cinematic pop/rock songs which he wrote and performs. He will be doing a performance of his music with a 10-piece band at Vitello’s,4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City on Thursday, May 30th. The doors open at and the performance begins at
Composer, songwriter, performer, and orchestrator Joachim Horsley, generally referred to simply as "Jo" (pronounced "yo"), has always believed that music, at its best, will reflect on the common human experience in ways that words cannot. Horsley’s passion and skill for enhancing both documentary and narrative films through music continues to pair him with the hottest established and up-and-coming directors.
Working with composer Anton Sanko, Horsley recently orchestrated and conducted the feature films "The Possession" (Lionsgate - starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan), "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate - starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart), as well as the award-winning epic seven-part global programing event "Great Migrations,” which aired on the National Geographic Channel.
Horsley has scored over 25 independent films including the documentary “Unattached,” which won the Silver Medal at the Student Academy Awards®. He has arranged and conducted orchestras for many recording artists including The Pet Shop Boys on their recent release "Elysium.”
His work has screened at film festivals all over the world, including Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, Telluride, Palm Springs and Tribeca. Horsley's work can be heard in television shows, commercials, and on-air promotions on NBC, ABC, HBO, TruTV, A&E, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, and Peabody Award-Winning The Onion (TheOnion.com).
Horsley grew up in a musical family with as much appreciation for Bach, Wagner and Chopin as for The Beatles, Chuck Berry and Yes. Knowing that his sonic curiosity would outpace his classical piano training, Horsley’s parents bought a second-hand four-track recording machine when he was 12-years-old. He began to record and perform his own compositions, learning a broad range of instruments and styles in the process. As a teenager, Horsley played piano in hotels and jazz clubs and continued to explore jazz arranging and composition at Skidmore College in New York. There he studied with Chris Brubeck, son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, before graduating in 2000 with a BA in Music with a focus in Composition and Recording Engineering. He continued his composition and orchestration studies withSamuel Adler in Berlin, Germany. Between 2000 and 2005, Horsley and his brother Erich toured with 'America's Only Double-Piano Rock Band' LittleHorse, which has won praise from many national publications including Keyboard Magazine and National Public Radio. In 2007, Horsley was awarded the Grand Prize Winner at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "I Want Your Love.”
This June, Horsley will be releasing his own album of cinematic pop/rock songs, “Combinations,” which he wrote and performs. His original score for Rapture-Palooza ranges from orchestral to rock to R&B, with many of the instruments performed by Joachim himself.
In addition to piano, Horsley plays bass, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, charango, percussion, and sings. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children.