Introducing Joel!

Joel Elvery first performed with Trepanning Trio on Friday the 13th (January 13, 2012) and is one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People.

Joel plays mandolin, bass guitar, guitar, construction-derived percussion, and other small instruments and composes music that bridges jazz, funk, klezmer, and Ethiopian music. Freygish/hijaz is his favorite scale. He hails from Chicago and fondly remembers many shows by the Ken Vandermark Quartet, the NRG Ensemble, musicians affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and No Wave bands. He has played bass since junior high and started playing mandolin in 2000 while earning his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland. He studied klezmer mandolin with Paul Oorts in Silver Spring, MD, but is largely self-taught. In addition to Trepanning Trio, he plays funky free jazz with Todd Masuda. Joel and his wife, Lynn Phares, host Mechanic Street House Concerts, an Americana/roots-rock music house concert series ( By day, he is an economist who specializes in data analysis and labor and urban economics.

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