Hi, I'm Josh.
I'm a composer, a cabaret artist, a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and a big fan of trains.
My pronouns are they/them, and I live and work on unceded Kaurna land, in Adelaide, Australia.
I believe in the power of music and lyrics to call people to action, to communicate a message through feeling and to capture moments in history.
I have synaesethesia. This means that every time I write a word or play a note on the piano I see an associated colour in my mind.
I love the way music can colour a story.
I love how it can key directly into an audience’s emotions without them even knowing.
Almost like an ancient code that we all subconsciously know.
I think the world needs more colour.
And more things that bring us all together.
I can do this with my music.
And so that’s why I do.
Here is some of the music that I have written . . .
This is a song that I wrote in response to our times. It’s a collaboration with 23 artists that I greatly admire, who all sung their parts from their homes and/or places of isolation, from all around the world. In total, 10 cities and 4 countries were represented.
Pay what you want to download this song, and all proceeds will be donated to the fundraiser to support the family of Aunty Tanya Day for her death in custody coronial inquest.
'Our Mum, Tanya Day a proud Yorta Yorta woman, mother, grandmother and activist, died in custody as a result of her mistreatment in Victoria Police custody on 5 th December 2017.'
The singers, in order of appearance, are:
Mama Alto - Bunurong (Boon wurrung) and Wurundjeri (Woi wurrung) land of the Kulin Nations, Melbourne, Australia
Raymund MontePio de la Cruz – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Jemma Allen – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Lindsay Prodea – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Bianca Levai – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Jade Delos Santos – New Jersey, USA
Michaela Murphy – Dublin, Ireland
Benny James – Missouri, USA
Jamie Burgess – Bunurong (Boon wurrung) and Wurundjeri (Woi wurrung) land of the Kulin Nations, Melbourne, Australia
Oliver John – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Matthew Nassida – Kentucky, USA
Carrie Caffrey – Chicago, USA
Lena Eversheim – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Blake Ascione – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Ben Gillard – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Amy Hein – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Charmaine Jones – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Kelsey McCormack – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Josh Boyce – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
Vaibhavi Mohan – Arizona, USA
Tim Waurick – Florida, USA
Emily McGlynn – London, UK
Mitchell Smith – Kaurna land, Adelaide, Australia
And here is a little interview that I did with Scenestr TV talking about how this single fits into a very exciting new project that I'm working on (the cover image is of Jason Mraz and his cat, because Jason Mraz was also interviewed on this program, and he introduced us to his cat).
In my synaesthesia, 30,000 Notes is green.
This show was a cross-artform theatrical experiment
with a surround sound choir and string quartet,
a series of monologues,
and everything I've ever written spread out on a 13 metre-long wall.
I wrote the words and music, conducted and performed it.
It's all about memory and how we capture the past.
It's about my Nonna
and how, in music and words, I tried to capture everything she meant to me.
30,000 Notes premiered on the 19th of February 2019 at the Adelaide Fringe.
At the Fringe awards, it won the Adelaide Festival Centre InSpace Development Award, the Holden Street Theatres Award, the Best Emerging Producer Award, and was nominated for the John Chataway Innovation Award.
It also won the Adelaide Theatre Guide Best Cabaret Award and was nominated for the Adelaide Critics Circle Innovation Award.
Sheet Music and Educational Resource
Dear Scott Morrison
Dear Scott Morrison (aka Homo Vs Scomo)
In my synaesthesia, I see the name of Australia's current Prime Minister as orange.
Orange is the colour of the silly Hawaiian shirt I dressed him in for this video.
And orange is the colour of the country that went up in flames while he fiddled.
This was my open letter to him.
This song has currently raised $223 for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
What else can you do?
Find climate protests in your state here
Donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief here
Write to your Local MP to oppose the Religious Freedom Bill here
Dear Malcolm Turnbull
'Malcolm', the former Prime Minister of Australia, is blue in my mind.
So was his political party.
And in 2017 he did some things which made me feel pretty blue:
He decided to put Australia through a divisive and traumatic public debate over gay marriage
when he could have just legalised it with a vote in Parliament.
So I wrote an open letter to him
Where, in rhyme, I outlined my outrage and grievances against him.
And it sort of became my own queer rights anthem
during a period that was so horrible for so many of us.
I posted it online, and it got shared around a bit.
(Okay, about quarter of a million people saw it).
So I released the song for purchase, where the money went to charity
and as a result some very generous people raised over $3,000 for QLife
– Australia's national queer counselling service.
Even though the plebiscite has long since passed, you can still buy this song below,
and the funds will still be donated to QLife.
Scarred For Life
Scarred For Life is red to me.
(well, it's actually orange, but my scar is red, so the show is red by association).
This was my debut solo show.
I filled it with original songs
about the time I fell off my bicycle,
ruptured my spleen,
and almost bled to death.
What I'm left with now is an eight inch scar on my abdomen.
I know – perfect material for a musical comedy.
I premiered it at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival
and something really interesting happened:
all kinds of people came up to me afterwards and told me their own medical stories.
Many showed me their scar(s).
And their willingness to share their stories inspired me to keep telling mine.
I was going to bring it to the Adelaide Fringe 2020, at Holden Street Theatres,
But I decided to bring a new show instead. It's here.
Scarred For Life
Theatre & Film Scoring
Morning Whiskey [Short Film]
This score was fun because I got to play with a full orchestra (in sample sets), a lot of bowed cymbal, and all of the horror genre tropes! The film tells the story of a young couple who are crumbling under the pressure of a life they can't afford. That's when a loanshark named Lou arrives with an offer that the two of them can't resist.
Morning Whiskey 2:120:00/2:12
In 2016, playwright Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This is her story. It’s sad and funny, familiar and surprising, not self-righteous or guilt-ridden but complex and truthful. Come sit by the pool, put your feet in the water, and listen.
Other things that I've done . . .
In 2019, I was employed as the live musician for Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Young King North America and Australia tour, which won a Ruby Award for Best Work or Event Outside a Festival.
I graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2015 with a Director’s Award and high distinctions for all portfolios of composition. My music has been performed by ensembles including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, and Gondwana Chorale.
Outside of my own projects, I work as a freelance musical director and accompanist, having worked at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre OnStage Program, and worked with a range of independent cabaret artists, choirs, and even a musical improvisation troupe. I arrange piano music for Sheet Music Boss (1.8 million subscribers), and have taught music at Tutti Arts – organisation for young artists with an intellectual disability. I currently run a private music theory and piano tuition business, which I do both in-person and online. So if learning music has ever interested you, please get in touch with me via my form below.
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