joseph branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, recording & mixing engineer, composer, and sound artist based out of New York City. He is the founder of the record label greyfade.


Branciforte’s wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes — from modern composition & chamber music, to experimental electronic and ambient; from jazz and improvised, to creative forms of rock and popular music. At the bottom of each of these seemingly discrete musical threads lies an undying fascination with sound as a profound emotional medium — organized through musical form, articulated by a careful selection of sound sources, and framed through the act of recording.


As recording engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 250 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way including Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Nels Cline, Theo Bleckmann, Marc Ribot, Eliane Elias, Dan Tepfer, Mary Halvorson, Nir Felder, and The Westerlies. His credits also include a wide range of alternative, electronic, and classical projects, from Son Lux and The Lumineers to Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec and The Oratorio Society of New York. Albums he has produced, engineered, and/or mixed have been included in the NPR Jazz Critics’ Poll Top 10 and Downbeat Magazine's Albums of the Year. His engineering and production work can be heard on ECM, Sony, Pi Recordings, Sunnyside, Ropeadope, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Naxos, and Skirl


As performer, Branciforte splits his time between a variety of instruments, including analog & modular synthesizers, piano, drums, mallet instruments, and custom software written in Max/MSP and Pure Data. His recent work centers around the Fender Rhodes, augmented with analog & digital processing, tape loops, and found objects. In this format, he has performed solo and with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Theo Bleckmann. In 2019, Bleckmann and Branciforte released LP1, a collaborative recording that served as the inaugural release on Branciforte’s greyfade label.

As composer, Branciforte has developed a unique process of algorithmic composition for acoustic instruments using custom software of his own design. His ongoing collaboration with electronic musician and composer
Kenneth Kirschner explores digital, generative, and procedural methods of composing for chamber ensemble, and will see its debut recording — featuring members of Flux Quartet, Talea Ensemble, and Mivos Quartet — released in 2020 on greyfade.

Branciforte is the co-leader, co-composer, and drummer of the
The Cellar and Point, a "garage-chamber" septet formed in 2010. The band’s debut record, ambit (produced, engineered, and mixed by Branciforte) was released on Cuneiform Records in late 2014. All Music Guide lauded ambit as “one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music,” and John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s New Sounds, included the recording on his Top 10 Albums of 2014.

Joseph is also in-demand as a location-recording engineer. He has engineered multitrack recordings at dozens of NYC clubs, halls, and stages including The Village Vanguard, BAM, The Stone, The Iridium, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Jazz Gallery, Central Park Summerstage, and Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series.

He is a graduate of the Electronic Production and Design program at Berklee College of Music and has written for TapeOp, Tiny Mix Tapes, and New Music Box.









“The impressive list of artists Branciforte has worked with reveals where the unique production values that are one of the album's most identifying and intriguing elements come from. It's obvious that he is well-acquainted with the nuances of the recording studio.”

“...the superior engineering practically puts you under the lid of Matt Mitchell's piano and inside the bell of Oscar Noriega's bass clarinet.”

[The Cellar and Point’s] Ambit was several years in the making, and the patience and effort involved have resulted in one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music.”

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on Tim Berne’s Shadow Man

“[Ben Monder’s] Hydra makes you sit up in awe at the patience and skill required to build this undulating psychedelic-church lattice. It gets better — more profound — with each listen.”

“A super-hero of music...
Multi-instrumentalist, engineer, composer, and musical mastermind Joseph Branciforte practices audio wizardry.”

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“Producer extrordinaire Joseph Branciforte has manned the boards for dozens of records in the jazz and experimental music realms, putting on his unique sound stamp.”