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Joshua Kohl

Seattle, WA            

Joshua Kohl is a composer and conductor and is the co-director of the Seattle based multi-art group Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). He has performed with the group throughout the United States, and ten countries of Western and Eastern Europe.  Recent project highlights include a major museum exhibition of his work with DAE at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, performance of his work by the Kronos Quartet for their 40th anniversary celebration in 2013, a commission from the legendary Czech rock band Uz Jsme Doma to create an orchestral suite inspired by their music which he composed and conducted with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. His work Red Shoes with DAE received the Music Theater Now award from the International Theater Institute at the Swedish Biennale in 2012. He is also an avid orchestral conductor of the music of his peers.  In February of 2012 he conducted the music of fellow DAE composer Jherek Bischoff with the Wordless Music Orchestra in New York at Lincoln Center with vocalist David Byrne. He also conducts composer Samantha Boshnack’s big band orchestra B’shnorkestra and co-produced their debut record which made the top ten jazz albums in 2015. In 2019 he released an album of his and Nishimura’s compositions entitled Skeleton Flower to critical acclaim.

awards, grants & fellowships

Creative Capital, 2013

Music Theatre Now Award (International Theatre Institute), 2012

Meet the Composer / Commissioning Music USA, 2007  

Watermill a Laboratory for Performance (New York), 2011 artist in residence

New Museum (New York), 2009 artist in residence

Next50 Worlds Fair Anniversary (Seattle Center Foundation), 2012

National Endowment for the Arts, 2011

Artist Trust Fellowships 2000 & 2007

Aaron Copland Fund for Music, 2004                                                 

4 Culture Special Projects Special Projects  1999 -2013 multiple

Predator Songstress

Predator Songstress is an intensely visual, music-driven fantastical tale that traces the struggle of an anti-heroine in search of the reclamation of her stolen voice. This modern day fairy tale explores what it means to have a voice, to lose ones voice and to rediscover it with a new understanding of its power. Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work has always focused on the finding of one’s voice. Music composed by Joshua Kohl. Direction by Haruko Crow Nishimura.

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