Noah Beil is a San Francisco indie songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His honest and revealing music travels through real and imagined secret places. His songs are personal and universal, with a quiet voice, layered instruments, and poetic lyrics that chronicle a search for meaning in a life lived on its own terms.
Noah was born in Spokane, WA and grew up in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. He studied composition, bassoon performance, and computer music at Brown University, and moved to San Francisco in 1994 where he now lives in the Tenderloin district.
In the 1990s, he ran the Getcenter recording studio in a garage in the Mission district of San Francisco, where he recorded musicians including the Rapture, Marcus Shelby, and the Calculators. Noah later left music to pursue fine art photography and publish handmade photobooks. After becoming disillusioned with the dominance of conceptual art in the fine art world, he returned to music in 2014.
Noah’s music is inspired by the orchestration of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper’s, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, and This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow; by indie artists like Sparklehorse, Grandaddy, Dan Deacon, and Mogwai; by minimalists like Steve Reich and John Adams; and by visual artists including William Eggleston, Mark Rothko, and Franz Kline.