Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Joshua Marshall
saxophonist and composer/improviser
Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has played and/or recorded with Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker's Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen's Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and 2013's Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an M.F.A. in music from Mills College.

Joshua has devised several long-form works under the "Mythopoetics" heading, the ambition of which is to unfold abstract narratives in real-time by working within improvisatory systems determined by conceptual constraints particular to the subjects involved. Highlights include Volume II, a series of "Free Jazz Ballets" inspired by Charles Mingus, and Volume IV (Pharaoh Lunaire), which syncretizes a host of trinities (Sanders/Ayler/Coltrane, Webern/Berg/Schoenberg, the Holy Trinity) while repurposing the form of Schoenberg's famed melodrama.

(photo by Christina Yglesias)
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 6 2019 8:30 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do Over Music Series #4: duo B Experimental Band + Kjell Nordeson, solo percussion

Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Kyle Bruckmann, oboes
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Henry Hung, trumpet
Rob Ewing, trombone
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lee Hodel, bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Jason Levis, drums

plus guest percussionists:
Suki O'Kane
Robert Lopez  More...
Tuesday, April 9 2019 9:00 PM
Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Trouble Ensemble
Apropos Trio: Renzi-Mezzacappa-Levis
Joel Nelson / Amplified Glass  More...
Monday, April 22 2019 8:00 PM
Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out II
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music--

Set #1: Rent Romus's Life's Blood (modern/avant-garde)
(Rent Romus - Alto Saxophone/Compositions, Timothy Orr - Drums, Safa Shokrai - Bass, Max Judelson - Bass, Heikki Koskinen - E Trumpet/Recorder, Joshua Marshall - Tenor Saxophone, gabby fluke-mogul - violin)

Set #2: Disappear Incompletely (modern jazz treatments of Radiohead)
(Rob Ewing - Trombone/Arrangements, Patrick Cress - Baritone Saxophone, Raffi Garabedian - Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Pate - Guitar, Steve Blum - Keyboards, Joe Bagale - Bass, Jaime Moore - Drums)

Set #3: Dillon Vado's Never Weather (modern jazz)
(DIllon Vado - Drums/Compositions, Aaron Wolf - Saxophone, Josh Reed - Trumpet, Justin Rock - Guitar, Tyler Harlow - Bass)  More...
CDs on which Joshua Marshall appears:
Noertker's Moxie druidh penumbrae
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: druidh penumbrae
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4175
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4175
Noertker's Moxie Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4162
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4162
Robocop/Detroit Dead Language, Foreign Bodies
Artist: Robocop/Detroit
Title: Dead Language, Foreign Bodies
Label: Grindcore Karaoke GK#214
Label page on this site: Grindcore Karaoke
Grindcore Karaoke GK#214
The Andrew Weathers Ensemble What Happens When We Stop
Artist: The Andrew Weathers Ensemble
Title: What Happens When We Stop
Label: Full Spectrum Records FS027
Label page on this site: Full Spectrum Records
Full Spectrum Records FS027