The Carriage House Loft in Vernon will be alive with musical energy Aug. 24 as Joel Goodfellow’s piano virtuosity meets Joe Porter’s percussion skills.
The musicians will be combining piano and percussion to perform a mix of classical jazz, soundtrack and world music.
The duo has been recognized as virtuostic, musical, innovative and fun, creating an enjoyable evening for everyone.
Goodfellow has been studying piano for 16 years, completed his ARCT in piano performance with well-known Russian teacher Lucy Feldman of the Vernon Community Music School and is currently working towards a bachelor of music at the University of Lethbridge with Glen Montgomery, who has recently retired.
He has had master classes and lessons with Robert Silverman, Joel Hastings, Ian Parker and other world-class pianists. He has performed as a soloist with the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra with critics praising his poise, technique, musical sensitivity and expressiveness, artistic and fresh interpretation and brilliant performances. He has competed successfully at numerous Kiwanis music festivals in B.C. and Alberta, winning many awards both as a soloist and chamber musician. He was runner up in Intermediate Piano in the Performing Arts BC competition of 2007. He was also a nationals finalist in the Alberta Music Festival in 2009. He has also performed as a soloist for public and fundraising events, including the Okanagan Symphony’s Dream Street, the Just Cuz fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation, Go, OSO!, Canadian Diabetes Society and many other local community events in B.C. and Alberta.
Also a composer, Goodfellow’s first orchestral composition, Weeping May Endure for the Night but Joy Comes in the Morning, was premiered by the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan in 2008. One of the courses in university that he enjoyed so much is film music where the students compose their own music soundtrack for movies.
Currently, Goodfellow is based in Lethbridge, where he is highly in demand as an accompanist and has been on performance tours in B.C., Alberta, Washington, California and lately, England and Wales. He also teaches in the music conservatory of the University of Lethbridge.
Porter is a percussionist, teacher and composer who also lives in Lethbridge. He is the assistant director of the University of Lethbridge Global Drums Percussion Ensemble, and teaches percussion/world drumming at the music conservatory there.
He performs locally, nationally and internationally including tours to Britain, Holland, Japan, Hawaii, Florida, Trinidad and Tobago, and throughout Western Canada. As a result of being a winner in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Porter made his international debut as a concerto soloist, appearing twice with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony in 2012. In 2013, he was the soloist with the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra for the world premiere of Kai Stensgaard’s Concierto Mexicano for marimba and wind orchestra.
Porter is an active international clinician, and presents percussion clinics around the world. Recent clinics have included: the Royal College of Music in England, the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, and Brigham Young University in Hawaii.
Born and raised in Fernie, B.C., Porter received both his masters and bachelors of music from the University of Lethbridge. He has released two solo albums, Percussion Diversified, and Joe Porter Plays Philip Glass. Both albums are available for $15, and will be on sale at the concert.
Joel Goodfellow and Joe Porter perform Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House Loft of the Vernon Community Music School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at the door. They will also be performing in the Killiney Beach Community Hall for North Westside residents August 25 at 7 p.m.