Joseph Buchheit

According to Joe Buchheit, music is half intuition and half craftsmanship. He does not stick to any rigid style or idea, nor does he force himself to compose in a way that he feels is expected. Rather, Joe lets his innovative mind take over. This allows his creation to breathe and evolve into whatever it will be. Then, and only then, will he build the overall structure and cohesiveness for the composition.

As an active member in the music community Joe attends concerts and seeks out new music. He is inspired by his peers, Mozart, and even Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He finds it detrimental to tailor his music to what others are creating and, instead, explores new concepts when he feels inspirited.

The year 2015 was a turning point for Joe. He was selected to compose a film score for a long, somber silent film in the Sound of Silent Film Festival. For the first time in his career he had had another piece of art to guide him. When reminiscing about this time in his career, he remarks, “The composition process was a fun, new experience…. I was very happy with the piece that I finished, and to hear it live was truly a defining moment for me.”

Joe has been composing for over a decade and, like so many others, it has become part of him. Every day he evolves his musicianship and endeavors to write something that surpasses the last. Music, to Joe, is what truly drives him forward through life.

Joe was commissioned by ACM in 2013 for Open House Chicago.