Artist Profile - Joshua Kohl

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Joshua Kohl

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2019 Grants for Artist Projects
King County



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Joshua Kohl is a composer, conductor, creative producer, and co-founder along with Haruko Crow Nishimura of the multi-art group Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). Recent highlights include a museum exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, a 2012 commission by Theater Director Robert Wilson to create an interpretation of his and Phillip Glass’ epic work Einstein On The Beach in New York and a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet in 2012. Joshua is also an avid orchestral conductor of the music of his peers. He was commissioned by the legendary Czech band Uz Jsme Doma to create an evening length suite of orchestral music inspired by the group’s music, which he conducted in Prague in December of 2016. Skeleton Flower, DAE’s newest work was presented as a work in progress at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and premiered in Seattle in March 2019.

Joshua received 2019 GAP funding to support his March 2020 residence with three collaborators working on a new live music, dance, and interactive sculpture performance at the Base Artist Space in Georgetown. The presentation proposed here is a work in progress showing of the piece, which tells the story of a young boy who learns he will be a mother. Cultural identity and generational experience plays a large part in the development of this work, and we each are drawing on each of our identities as African American (Senga Nengudi b.1949), Korean American (Eddy Kwon b.1991), Japanese (Haruko Crow Nishimura b.1970) and Jewish/Caucasian artists (Joshua Kohl b.1970). Base is providing a three week residency with 24 hour studio access for a period of three weeks and a public showing presentation at the end of the period.

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