His potential is tremendous, with a well developed craft and extensive
imagination – he will only continue to expand as a composer.



HeadshotJoseph Z. Adams (1978) is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama based composer who has written for a variety of mediums ranging from stage to concert hall. Joe is slowly gaining national recognition, as he was an invited Composition Fellow at the following music festivals: The 2016 Charlotte New Music and Wyoming Festivals, and the 2017 New Music on the Bayou and Snow Pond Music Festivals. World renowned flutist Cobus du Toitinvited him to participate in the #WeBringFlowers project – a concert series with composers reacting to the violence in today’s society. Joe composed a work for bass flute and piano titled “Misinterpreted Cries”, expressing his feelings on illegal shark finning. #WeBringFlowers debuts in June of 2018 and includes a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Joe has received numerous performances of his orchestral music and has been interviewed on NPR. Other notable achievements include premieres by the Hartt School Double Bass Ensemble, the JACK String Quartet, and Bent Frequency. Joe earned his B.M. at New York University, his M.M. at the Hartt School of Music, and now studies composition privately with Joel Hoffman. He has also taken individual lessons with Anne Guzzo, Edward Jacobs, Charles Nichols, and Alex Shapiro.

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