Recent Important Works: - Oh Shit! (inspired by the bats of Wyoming - Walking in the Sky - Nemesis - Warm Summer Sun - Space Jumping

Joseph Z. Adams (1978) is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama based composer who has written for a variety of mediums ranging from stage to concert hall. Adams has received over a dozen performances of his orchestral music, has been interviewed on NPR, and his “Manidoog Nibiikang” (Spirits that Dwell in the Water Source) for Native American Flute and organ was aired on NPR’s ‘Pipedreams’. Other notable achievements include premieres by the Hartt School Double Bass Ensemble, the JACK String Quartet, Bent Frequency, and providing music for ‘Below the Pacific’ at the 2015 New Iowa Play Festival. Furthermore, he was an invited Composition Fellow at the 2016 Charlotte New Music Festival and the inaugural 2016 Wyoming Festival, where only six composers received invitations. Joe earned his B.M. at New York University, his M.M. at the Hartt School of Music, and has had additional private lessons with Anne Guzzo, Alex Shapiro, and Joel Hoffman. Joe is working towards his DMA at the University of Alabama, where he studies with Amir Zaheri.


Oh Shit!

This commission from PRIZMDuo (Janet Brehm Ziegler, soprano, Aaron Zielger, percussion) was inspired by my time as a Composition Fellow at the 2016 Wyoming Festival. You can only imagine how a city boy feels while walking into a secluded cabin for the first time……premiered by PRIZMDuo on 10/8/16, at the University of Toledo, OH.

Unquiet Mind

The phrase, "An unquiet mind equals and unquiet body" is used by psychologists to convey that a mind in a state of unrest can cause physical symptoms, such as insomnia, lack of appetite, inability to concentrate, and crippling anxiety that interferes with normal physical activity. "Unquiet Mind" is a flute quintet (string quartet and flute) written to depict this state.