About

Joe Westerlund is a percussionist, composer, and improviser who has most notably worked with Megafaun, Califone, William Tyler, Arnold Dreyblatt and Justin Vernon, among a diverse list of creators of sound and song.  While studying with avant-garde jazz luminary Milford Graves, Joe began collaborating with choreographers, and has since composed music for modern dance and film. He has worked closely with dance faculty at Bennington College, UCLA, NCSU and Meredith College; and regularly accompanies Prana Vinyasa Flow yoga classes for his wife, Carson Efird. For movement-based collaborations, Joe employs a minimal improvisatory approach and a solo vocabulary that draws from characteristics of non-western indigenous musics, as well as western art music and popular forms. In 2014, Joe released his first recording as a solo artist under the alias Grandma Sparrow, in collaboration with Spacebomb Productions.  Last year, after relocating from Los Angeles, he released Mojave Interlude, a piece built largely from electronically manipulated percussion, on Northern Spy Records.  Joe now continues his work as a session/touring musician out of Durham, NC.