Joshua Stamper has been a restless composer and remarkably active collaborator for over twenty years. His work reflects a deep interest in the intersection points between seemingly disparate musics, and a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music.
Stamper studied music composition and playwriting at Hampshire College and worked extensively with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Lewis Spratlan and Rome-prize winner David Sanford. Equally at home in the jazz, classical, avant-garde, and indie/alternative worlds, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists in both live and recording situations, in the United States and in Europe. He has worked with such luminaries as Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Twin Sister, Robyn Hitchcock, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Todd Rundgren, Lushlife, RJD2, David Hartley (Nightlands/The War On Drugs), Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing), and Rogerio Boccato (Kenny Garrett, Ben Allison). He has worked as an orchestral arranger and session musician for Sony/BMG and for independent labels Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records, Sounds Familyre, Smalltown Supersound, and others.
Stamper has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum (2011-2014), the Speranza Foundation (2013), the Eric Stokes Foundation (2013), New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2014), and was a finalist for the 2013 MATA Festival. In 2012, Stamper wrote the orchestral film score for ‘Horse & Rider’, an award-winning documentary about two former victims of the sex-trafficking industry in India, their rescue and journey to restoration. He has also received commissions to create new works for Sparks and Echo Arts and Price of Life. He has three albums under his own name: Wend (2010), Interstitials (2012), and the skin, the sea, the sound (2014). RIVERS, a work written for prepared piano, prepared cello, dance, and film, premiered in November 2014 as chapter one of Elements, a four-part series exploring the four classical elements (water, wind, fire, earth) and their dynamic relationship with the city of Philadelphia.
Stamper is currently at work on chapter two of the series, ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion, which explores the enigmatic and impenetrable quality of wind, its singular and intimate relationship to the detritus of a city, and the ways in which that detritus exists as an echo of the movements, relationships, and dreams of the city itself. The piece is being written in collaboration with visual artist Caroline Santa and will be premiered in June 2017 by acclaimed chamber choir, The Crossing.