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The Josh Spear

Josh Spear is a composer-performer making work in the fertile cracks between genres and artistic disciplines.

Josh is an Artistic Research Fellow at Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He read Music at the University of Manchester and then studied composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance at postgraduate level where Edward Jessen and Deirdre Gribbin taught him. His supervisors are Trond Reinholdtsen, Eivind Buene and Dickie Beau.

He is proud to be a member of Bastard Assignments the experimental composer-performer collective. Josh also arranges Big Band music and writes for theatre and dance, as well as film, for which he has credits in India.

Josh uses a variety of media to make work ranging from the Orchestra, his own face, live video, toys, or sport and takes influence from a variety of makers of dance, film, theatre, and literature.

His music has been performed at locations and events including on the streets of Peckham in London, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Block 336, Aldeburgh Festival, Rotherhithe Tunnel Shaft, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Kings Head Theatre, Spør Festival, Paris Fashion Week, Royal Academy Lates, Wigmore Hall, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Central Saint Martins, Kings Place, Peckham Asylum, Safehouse 1, Blackheath Halls, Wellcome Collection, Battersea Arts Centre, Edinburgh’s Underbelly, and Cockpit Theatre as well as BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now, BBC Late Junction, BBC New Music Show, and Resonance FM. 

Groups including MOCREP, Icosa, Ensemble Garage, Decoder Ensemble, and Abstrukt Ensemble have performed his work within London as well as Bucharest International Music Festival and at Elbfilharmonie (Hamburg).

Josh is a Trinity College London Scholar, a grateful recipient of a Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary, and a winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award.