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 29 2017 3:00 PM
Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Spring "Vappu" Festival
Kaleva Dance Ensemble plays live contemporary and traditional music of Finland including a sing-a-long
& Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble presents "Otherworld Finland" in honor of 100 years of Finnish Independence and ten thousand years of spirit.
Rent Romus - alto saxophone, flute; Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone; Heikki "Mike" Kosikinen - e-trumpet/tenor recorder; Safa Shokrai - double bass; Timothy Orr - drums
Kids Crafts Tables
Finnish Folk, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and beyond with DJ Renttu
Food, Drink, and Balloons  More...
Monday, May 1 2017 8:30 PM
Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music:

Set #1: Lucio Menegon (modern cinematic guitar music
(Lucio Menegon-gtr, Janie Cowan-upright b, John Hanes-dms)

Set #2: Anton Hatwich Quartet (Chicago/Bay Area jazz)
(Ben Goldberg-cl, Josh Smith-sax, Anton Hatwich-b, Hamir Atwal-dms)

Set #3: Amanda Chaudhary's CDP (contemporary/electronic)
(Amanda Chaudhary-keys, elec, Tom Djll-synth, Joshua Marshall-sax, Mark Pino-dms)  More...
Thursday, July 6 2017 8:00 PM
Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Ben Richter - accordion
9pm: Ives Band
Zachary Hazen, and Mia Bella D'Augelli, violins; Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone; Andrew Jamieson, Brett Carson and Ben Zucker, keyboards; Aaron Oppenheim, latpop; Tim DeCillis, percussion  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