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:: joŽl dilley


"I am a jazz musician and composer, influenced by diverse musical voices and cultures, who creates music with various instruments and electronic devices. All of my music is based on stories, both experienced and observed. My main instrument is the acoustic bass, on which I aspire to as human a voice as possible. My music speaks most clearly for me. The best way to find out who I am is to listen to my music."


JoŽl Dilley has performed and recorded with Willie Nelson, Eddie ďCleanheadĒ Vinson, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Arturo Sandoval, Richie Cole, and regional symphony orchestras in venues ranging from hole-in-the-wall clubs to the Moscow Conservatory. His original music has been licensed for use on HBO, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Playboy Channel, Food Network, and more. A featured guest bassist on Public Radio International's Whad'Ya Know and a featured composer on Texas Public Radio's Classical Spotlight, he has been a category nominee and winner in the Independent Music Awards, a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and recipient of a composition grant from the Artist Foundation. Author of four critically-acclaimed albums on Dragon Lady Records: River of Hope, The Window, A New World, and Mandala Meditation Series: Lullaby of the Flatlands, he produces original music for television, film, Web, and ambient settings worldwide at Mandala Music Production, which he co-owns with his spouse, Bett Butler.


"I always want to speak from my heart rather than my ego, because the bottom line is, music is from the heart. Everything else is an attempt to explain that, so everything else falls short."