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Joel Laviolette’s music is fusion in the truest sense of the word. He is an American master of the traditional African instruments the mbira and marimba, and he mixes those ancient sounds with high tech audio sampling and projection mapping. His work is fun, danceable, high energy and often trance-like. It is music that is hard to sit still to.

Listen to the podcast and hear Joel’s fascinating story of how he became obsessed with the mbira, traveled to Zimbabwe to find a teacher and eventually moved to Austin to start one of the cities most iconic alternative dance bands.

Hear more of Joel’s music at joellaviolette.com & rattletree.com

Cover photo by Ismael Quintanilla III

  • Joel Laviolette – Photo by Austin American Statesman
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree – Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III
  • Joel Laviolette, Rakefet Avromovitz and Kupira Marimba at Austin Music Awards for Best World Music
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree – Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree Marimba – Photo by Joel Laviolette
  • Joel Laviolette and his modular – Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree – Photo by Dale Remper
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree at KUT MapJam
  • Joel Laviolette and Rattletree – Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III

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