Justin is an eclectic cellist who specializes in improvisation and music production.
Justin has worked with some of the best conductors in the world, including Simon Rattle, Keith Lockhart, Matthias Pintscher, and Julian Lage. He has also performed jazz alongside greats such as Rufus Reid and Eric Alexander. As a recording soloist he has been featured in films such as Togo (2019), The Invisible Man (2020), and Where's Rose? (2021). He attended the prestigious Lucerne Festival Academy, which subsequently led to touring Europe for a project with the MIT Media Lab. His teaching videos have also garnered almost a million views, and are among the first hits for how to play cello on Youtube.
He now resides in Southern California, and works to bring the nexus of improv cello and great audio production to as many as possible. Splitting time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Justin records and performs in a wide variety of concerts and projects. He can be found on Youtube and Instagram as The Vagabond Cellist.
Justin is a total master of the instrument ... such clever improvisations covering a range of emotions from slow and mournful to the incredibly intricate and lively tap-dancing with his fingers over the strings (that is when he's not sliding on skates over the same strings in graceful glissandi!).
I've listened to many jazz bassists whose business is improvisation, but nothing has ever come close to Justin's pyrotechnic technique and delicious range of emotional resonance.
- Gilbert Honigfeld, William Paterson University
These are the lead singles of my first full length album, I'd Rather Be Thought Crazy, Than Live Among Others And Remove All Doubt. It is a mix of piano and synths, modern drums, and avant-garde, jazzy cello solos. You can support the album on Spotify or Bandcamp.