Biography

" Somewhere in-between John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann and British guitarist Derek Bailey (Georg Pepl, HNA 2016)"

Joshua Weitzel was born in Kassel, Germany in 1989. Plays Guitar, Shamisen and Tenor Banjo. Performs improvised and written music.

His work is work is based on deep exploration of dynamics and contrasting parameters such as stasis and progress, linear and spatial development, control and unexpectedness. He has worked with a number of internationally recognised artists, among them improvisers, composers, noise musicians, fine artists, filmmakers, dancers, poets and Jazz musicians and has performed on various occasions across Europe, Israel, Taiwan and Japan. 
Joshua further organises the Chamäleon Concerts at Lolita Bar in Kassel, a monthly series for experimental music that is still ongoing.

He has performed with musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Klaus Bru, Christian Wolff, Matthias Schubert, Hayashi Eiichi, Nicola Hein, Brad Henkel, Hada Benedito, Toshimaru Nakamura, Sam Andreae, Dawang Huang, Shih-Yang Lee, Onuma Shiro, Mori Junji, Lui Lerroy Tanaka, Antoine Mermet, John Garcia Rueda, Liping Ting, Rabito Arimoto, Ross Lambert, Maegaki Yuki, Antti Virtaranta, Hashimoto Hideki, Rieko Okuda, Jaka Berger, Chie Nagai, Ken Ikeda, Massimo Magee, David Stockard, Eric Petzoldt, Ulrike Lentz, Sebastian Koisser, Ove Volquartz, Saito Ryota and many others.

He obtained a degree in musicology and political science from Goettingen University with a thesis on pluralistic tendencies within Japanese experimental music and an MA in arts education from King`s College London. During the time in London he was a regular at the improvisation workshop by Eddie Prévost and the London Improvisers Orchestra.

He is currently based in Kyoto, Japan.

 
Aside from Music Joshua is an experienced gallery educator for fine arts festivals.