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Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, and producer.

An accomplished international Jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and as a side man with Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Mark Whitecage, Marion Brown, and Bill Dixon.

Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet, octet, tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation. He has also performed with the 38-piece Tri-Centric orchestra under the direction of Anthony Braxton, and was the bassist for the premiere performance of Anthony Braxton’s opera, “Shalla Fears for the Poor,” performed at the John Jay Theater in New York, New York, October 1996.

As a composer, Fonda has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions and has released eight recordings under his own name. (Reviews and recordings available). Fonda was also a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum directed by Leo Smith, and was the bassist with the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City, directed by world renowned tap dancer, Brenda Bufalino.

In 1989, Fonda performed with Fred Ho's Jazz and Peking opera in its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1986 Fonda was the bassist and dancer with the Sonomama Dance Company. An independent producer since 1978, Fonda is the founding director of Kaleidoscope Arts and interdisciplinary performance ensemble.

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Album New Origin by Joe Fonda

New Origin

Not Two Records
2019

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Album Four by Satoko Fujii

Four

Long Song Records
2019

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Album Live In Geneva by Joe Fonda

Live In Geneva

Not Two Records
2017

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Album Flow by Generations Quartet

Flow

NotTwo Records
2016

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Album Trio 3D by Joe Fonda

Trio 3D

Konnex Records
2013

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Album Lower East Side Blues by Joe Fonda

Lower East Side Blues

Porter Records
2009

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Painted By Moonlight

Painted By Moonlight

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