Joel Laviolette is a composer, educator, builder and connector based in Austin, Texas. His musical experience spans genres and crosses borders, weaving in elements from electronica to African marimba and mbira traditions. Joel’s rich musical past has shaped his present-day focus on fusing varying musical styles into his compositions. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Rattletree School of Marimba in Austin, Joel and his wife Rakefet ran the brick-and-mortar school until 2018. At that
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