Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Joshua Kohl (Seattle) is a co-founder, conductor, composer and artistic director for Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE), a Seattle-based music and multi-art performance company. Kohl attended Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, and he received a BA in Composition from Cornish College of the Arts. Over the years he has been awarded commissions and grants from Meet the Composer, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Artist Trust, On the Boards and the Nesholm Family Foundation. Kohl’s theatre, concert, and dance work outside of DAE has been with the Book-it Repertory Theater on their 2007 Tale of Two Cities production, the Northwest Symphony for his clarinet concerto in 2000 and with the San Francisco based dance/music/theatre company InkBoat on three productions in the US and Germany. His current project c(h)ord (with Inkboat), commissioned by Yerba Buena Center, is set to premiere in April 2008.

Joshua also received a 1997 Fellowship.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Joshua gave his first instrument-building workshop to 25 energetic high school kids in West Seattle at Arts Corps. Arts Corps, the largest nonprofit arts educator in the Seattle area, fosters creative habits of mind in young people through a passionate corps of teaching artists. “It was really crazy and fun!” said Josh. The kids were excited about the sounds that Joshua demonstrated for them and he was impressed by their interest in making these instruments work. Josh recapped the event in these six words: “A LOT OF NOISE AND EXCITEMENT!”

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.