The compositions of Joseph C. Phillips Jr. and ensemble Numinous, whose recordings -
The Music of Joseph C. Phillips Jr. (Numen Records, 2003),
Vipassana (Innova, 2009), &
Changing Same (New Amsterdam Records, 2015) - defy any classic genre definitions. Phillips calls his style, mixed music: an organic fusing of elements from many different influences into something that is personal, different, and new.
Phillips's compositional technique is not limited or defined by any one genre but rather it is an amalgamation, transmuted into a singular and individual style. He has received a Meet the Composers Creative Connections grant, an American Music Center CAP grant, two Live Music for Dance commission grants, and was a finalist for both the Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab Fellowship and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Composer-in-Residence. In addition to the worldwide performances of his works, including the Steve Reich Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, new works have been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, the Kaufman Center and Ecstatic Music Festival, Simone Dinnerstein and the Neighborhood Classics Concert Series for Face the Music, Dave Douglas and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), the Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival, St. Olaf College, University of Maryland, University of Denver, Edisa Weeks and the Delirious Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Maffei Dance Company, and a number of other musicians and ensembles.
Currently Phillips is working on various commissions and projects including: the third Numinous CD, Changing Same (New Amsterdam Records, 2015); a multimedia "opera" that explores universal themes of acceptance, ostracization, authenticity, and identity centered around the intractable issues of race, religion, class, and power in American society; and a modern oratorio based on the speeches of FDR.