Joe Magar has spent his career exploring the versatility of the double bass and is as comfortable on the bandstand as he is in a bass section. When he is not touring nationally with the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble, a multi-style fiddle band performing a wide range of musical styles, he can be found performing as a chamber musician or backing up singer-songwriters in and around Baltimore, MD. Having a career spanning across multiple genre, Joe has appeared not only in concert halls like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, but also folk and roots festivals like Austin Celtic Festival, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, North Texas Irish Festival, and the Appaloosa Roots Festival. If we’re being honest, he’s also played his fair share of dive bars, church basements and once in a late-night infomercial on MTV2.
He is a founding member of Quodlibet Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring the repertoire of the past and present, and appears on the group’s debut recording of Arcangelo Corelli’s concerti grossi.
Joe Magar is a Michigander by birth, a Baltimorean by choice and has received degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Yale.