Josh Spear is a composer-performer making work in the fertile cracks between genres and artistic disciplines.
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.
Josh uses a variety of media to make work ranging from the Orchestra, his own face, live film, toys, family video, or sport and takes influence from a variety of makers of dance, film, theatre, and literature.
He is proud to be a producer and contributing artist with Bastard Assignments the Experimental Composer Collective based in London. Josh also arranges Big Band music and writes for theatre and dance, as well as film, for which he has credits in India.
His music his been performed at locations including on the streets of Peckham in London, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Block 336, Rotherhithe Tunnel Shaft, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Kings Head Theatre, Paris Fashion Week, Royal Academy Lates, Wigmore Hall, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, 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 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 Hamburg’s Elbfilharmonie.