Biography

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

Joshua Weitzel is a musician, curator and academic, born in 1989.

He is improvising, composing and interpreting on guitar, shamisen and - occasionally - tenor banjo, mostly in the field of experimental music, contemporary jazz and the grey areas in-between. His music is mainly concerned with exploration of contrast, abstract harmony and dynamics and employs a wide array of extended playing techniques.


 

He is founder of Contemporary Shamisen Duo together with shamisen Master Ryota Saito and Ensemble for Experimental Chamber Music Kassel/Interrogation Quartet together with Chie Nagai, Ulrike Lentz and Massimo Magee.
He has worked with more than 120 musicians in free improvisation and experimental music and collaborated with artists from various other disciplines such as performance, dance, poetry, painting and film.



Aside experimental music, he also plays Jazz from the tradition of the 1920s and 1930s and from the tradition of Free and Avantgarde Jazz.

His concert series „Chamäleon Konzerte“ and „Chamäleon Experimente“ have become important hotspots for experimental music in Kassel. Chamäleon Experimente was supported by the federal delegate for culture and media in 2018.

In academia, his research lies on the intersection of musicology, art history, museology and education. He holds a masters degree with distinction from King’s College London and a bachelors Degree from Göttingen University.

 

During his time in London he was a regular attendant at Eddie Prévost’s Improvisation Workshop.