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Joshua Kohl

Seattle, WA         

Joshua Kohl is a conductor, composer and co-artistic director of the Seattle based multi-art group Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE).   The work is presented in major dance and music venues as well as shown in galleries, and most recently exhibited in a large scale Museum exhibition at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum.  Along with DAE, he was invited in 2012 by legendary theater Director Robert Wilson to create an interpretation of his and Phillip Glass’ epic work Einstein On The Beach and presented it under Wilson’s guidance at the Baryshnikov Center in New York.  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 vocalists David Byrne, Mirah and several rising stars of creative popular music. DAE’s newest work, The Predator’s Songstress has been awarded major funding from Creative Capital and the Seattle Center Foundation. His and DAE’s work Red Shoes was awarded a Music Theatre Now award from the International Theatre Institute in and was part of a presentation at the Swedish Bienalen of Performing Arts in 2013.  Joshua’s work “Warrior” which is part of DAE’s Predator’s Songstress was performed by Kronos Quartet in late 2013 and 2015.  In December of 2016 he conducted the South Czech Philharmonic in a concert of his orchestral interpretations of the music of the Czech rock legends Uz Jsme Doma.  The South Czech Philharmonic will bring the work to the US in 2018 for a US West Coast tour.

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