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Joshua Marquez


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Joshua Marquez is a Filipino-American composer, guitarist, and activist whose award-winning music explores the liminal space between tone and noise as a means to investigate the complexities and duality of Asian American identity.
Searing a sonic imprint of cultural identity, his investigations of the noise spectrum represent the struggles of alienation and assimilation through the fusion and fission of disparate timbres. Hailed as "cutting-edge" (The Gazette), "haunting" (The Daily Iowan), and "creepy" (Fanfare Magazine), Marquez's polemic deconstruction of sound is consumed by ever-evolving rituals of disintegrated perspectives from a postcolonial lens.
Marquez's music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, Brno Philharmonic, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka (flute), Akropolis Reed Quintet, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
His work has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency, a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, a Millay Colony for the Arts Residency, a Brush Creek Artist Residency, a Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency, the Arts in Wilmington Artist of 2019 Award, a Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Prize, a North Carolina Arts Grant, an Iowa Social Justice Grant, and an Iowa Arts Across Borders Grant in addition to other honors. Marquez holds a PhD in composition from the University of Iowa.


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