This season is Joshua’s ninth as Artistic Director of Town Music at Town Hall Seattle. An eclectic series with an emphasis on introducing new artists and music to Seattle, each season exposes audiences to a wide range of chamber music; from Bach to the yearly commission of a new work. This season, artists include Caroline Goulding, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Project Trio, and members of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Youth Symphony in the final concert featuring the world premiere of a commission by Gregg Kallor along with recent works by Reena Esmail, Jessie Montgomery, and Christopher Theofanidis. All concerts are streamed live on Second Inversion. Click here for more information about the current season.
As Artistic Advisor to the internet radio station Second Inversion - a project by KING FM - Joshua pens a blog with topics focused on the challenges and rewards of being a 21st Century musician, contributes to the playlist of the station, partners with Town Hall Seattle for live broadcasts, and helps guide the direction of the project. Click here to see Second Inversion videos with Joshua and others performing new works.
In Awakening, Joshua follows the course of a relationship through its ups and downs to its ultimate collapse and the following moment of apotheosis. Premiered in 2015, this "substantial and compelling" work for cello and chamber orchestra with "gorgeous flowering of melody and harmony redolent of the silver screen" was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune and solidified Joshua’s trajectory as a composer.
Since his first involvement with TED as a Fellow in 2011, Joshua has performed many times both on the main stage and in other venues. TED collaborations have included artists such as violinist Vijay Gupta, dancer Bill T. Jones, rocker Jill Sobule, and director Chris Milk. In June of 2015, he curated a concert for the opening of the TED Summit at Banff, where he featured other TED Fellow musicians Usman Riaz, Iyeoka, Blinky Bill, and musicians from the Banff Centre in co-creations and collaborations that crossed stylistic boundaries.
Joshua’s first solo cello piece was the result of a collaboration with visual artist Anne Patterson. Commissioned by Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for the opening of “Graced with Light”, Anne’s installation as Artist-In-Residence. Since its premiere in 2012, “Riding Light” has been performed on many stages including the Kennedy Center for TED MED, La Jolla Summerfest, a live broadcast on the BBC Radio 3, and a broadcast on WQXR’s Q2 in New York.
Commissioned by Town Hall Seattle and The Music Academy of the West, Joshua's first song cycle for chamber ensemble and vocalist sets poems from Tracy K. Smith's Pulitzer Prize winning book "Life on Mars". See performances of two of the songs by Soprano Jessica Rivera with Joshua Roman conducting here.