Joseph Van Hassel is a North Carolina-based percussionist specializing in orchestral and chamber music. Active in the performance of new repertoire, Joseph has individually commissioned and premiered works by many composers and is especially noted for his close working relationships with Michael Barnhart, David Macbride, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dan VanHassel. He can be heard on recordings for the Innova, Mode, Equilibrium, nobrow.sounds, and Ohio Percussion record labels and his solo CD of percussion commissions is available on Soundset Recordings. An active educator, Joseph has presented master classes and given solo performances at numerous universities throughout the USA including the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is on the percussion faculty at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and previously taught at Ohio University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Joseph is interim chair of the Percussive Arts Society’s New Music / Research Committee, and co-owner of Media Press Music. Joseph endorses Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Black Swamp Percussion Products, Sabian Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads.
Composer Andrew Ardizzoia (b. 1979) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began his studies in music at an early age. His music, described as “exuberant, rhythmic, and great fun,” as well as “smart, intriguing, and masterful,” has been performed four continents by a wide spectrum of soloists and ensembles.
Irretrievable Systems - Andrew Ardizzoia
Recorded at home in Laurinburg, North Carolina, August 2020
Joseph van Hassel, vibraphone
Mastered by Robert Scott Thompson, Aucourant Records.
Property of Shelter Recording Project, American Composers Alliance