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Continuously seeking out the unfamiliar, Justin Goldner harbors a deep passion for groove, culture and connections. At a relative young age, Justin’s musical explorations have taken him from coast to coast to 31 countries around the world, all radiating from the hotbed of musical activity that is New York City. As a bassist, guitarist, producer, arranger and bandleader he has been fortunate to work with world-renowned artists, long-established legends alongside popular newcomers who are presently changing the musical landscape.

Born outside Philadelphia, Justin began teaching himself guitar at age 13 and immersed himself in all the music he could find, from blues and funk to bluegrass, hip-hop, Latin-American, Afro-beat, gospel, reggae, Balkan, flamenco, Arabic, and Greek music. At New York University, Justin combined studies in classical and jazz guitar with a deep love for the bass to tackle his wide-ranging interests one- (and sometimes several-) at-a-time.

Justin Goldner

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With his budding interests came a commitment to musical traditions on their own terms– performing on banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and Mexican guitarrón– and remixing them in new and innovative settings. A restless traveler and self-professed “language junkie”, Justin is conversant in 8 languages. In recent years, his muse has led him to Egypt, Abu Dhabi, South Africa and Latin America, where he has performed and engaged with local cultures, led workshops in 3 languages and exchanged experiences and music with others from across the world.

Outside of touring and recording, Justin writes, produces and arranges for independent artists with Funky Butter Productions, including recent recordings with Grace McLean, Morgan Karr, Abby Bernstein, Carrie Manolakos and Shaina Taub, as well as arrangements and recordings for new musical The Daughters. Justin also finds time to create his own music; 2008’s Una Passeggiata showcased his affinity for jazz and world music while the long-awaited Made of You revealed his sophisticated-yet-soulful songwriting and composition as part of the group Funky Butter.

Feature article in Indie-Musik Expressions

Feature article in Indie-Musik Expressions

He has been privileged to make music with the likes of Sting, Ricky Martin, Hugh Jackman, Matisyahu, Allison Williams (Girls, Peter Pan Live), Jesse McCartney, Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Jason Robert Brown and an ever-increasing host of others, including his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello.

Credits / Discography / Funky Butter Productions

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