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, works mostly in the field of free improvisation, experimental composition and contemporary Jazz.

 

His work is work is based on deep exploration of dynamics, materials and contrasting parameters. He has played in Europe and Asia with artists such as Eddie Prévost, Ken Ikeda, Massimo Magee, Christian Wolff, Akiyama Tetuzi, Alfred 23 Harth, Toshimaru Nakamura, Matthias Schubert, Haco, Chie Nagai, Saito Ryota, Arimoto Rabito, Loui Lerroy Tanaka, James O`Sullivan, Liping Ting, Antoine Mermet and 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.