Joe Brent

mandolinist | composer

"One of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation, Joe Brent recognizes no boundaries the mandolin cannot breach, and thus seems destined to forge a body of work future generations will have to reckon with." — David McGee

Best of 2015

Album: Vulnicura by Bjork
Song: 'Good Death' by Pearl and the Beard
Lyric: "I personally will stab you in the eye / With a foreign object." from 'Foreign Object' by The Mountain Goats
Performance: Pearl and the Beard's final show at Bowery Ballroom
Film: (released in 2015) Mad Max; (seen in 2015) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Film Score: Star Wars by John Williams
Book: Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Poem: 24 Theses by Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr
Favorite 9 Horses Gig: CD release at ShapeShifter
Favorite non-9 Horses Gig: Oklahoma at Bard Summerscape
Run: 39-miler in Central Park on my 39th birthday

9 Horses debut album Perfectest Herald NOW AVAILABLE!

Follow this link to order from iTunes, or for a physical copy go here to get one from Amazon!

The reviews are in, and the critics are wild about Perfectest Herald! "Brent's music is just bursting with emotion and its immediacy is partly what makes it so attractive and inviting... Brent is not playing the mandolin, but rather music on what happens to be a mandolin. Caswell's violin (and Hardanger d'amore) breathes, speaks and sings, while every note from Conley (including his extremely accurate bowing) is alive... this highly emotive music touches and communicates the essence of what it means to be an alive, feeling human being. 9 Horses is a very special group from which there is no doubt more will be heard and Perfectest Herald is a very special creative work. The only way to fully understand its depth and complexity is to listen to it, and this reviewer feels very fortunate to have had that opportunity." -- Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

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