Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording/mixing engineer, and sound artist based out of New York City. His wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes – from jazz and improvised, to modern composition and chamber music; from sound art and computer-aided composition, to creative and experimental rock and pop. At the bottom of each of these seemingly discrete musical threads lies an undying fascination with sound as a profound emotional medium – organized through musical form, articulated by a careful selection of sound materials, and framed through the act of recording.
As recording engineer and producer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 150 releases, working with such artists as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Steve Lehman, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Dan Tepfer, Son Lux, and The Lumineers along the way. His engineering work can be heard on ECM Records, New Amsterdam, Pi Recordings, Sunnyside Records, and Cantaloupe Music.
As performer, he has developed a solo improvisation practice around the Fender Rhodes keyboard, extended with a wide variety of processing devices, synthesizers, found objects, homemade instruments, and tape loops. He has embarked upon several collaborations in this format, including a duo with vocalist Theo Bleckmann.
As a composer, he has developed a unique process of realtime algorithmic composition for instrumental ensembles, using custom software of his own design to generate and display a traditionally notated piece during performance. In 2017, he debuted a chamber project in collaboration with electronic musician/composer Kenneth Kirschner featuring works created using generative techniques.
He is also the co-leader and drummer of “garage-chamber” ensemble The Cellar and Point. The group’s debut album Ambit (Cuneiform, 2014) garnered critical acclaim from outlets such as the BBC and All Music Guide and was listed among the Albums of The Year by WNYC’s New Sounds.