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,Todd Rundgren, Robyn Hitchcock, Twin Sister, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Anthony LaMarca (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent), 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. His own recordings include Wend; Interstitials; the skin, the sea, the sound, with this light used to be a mountain set for release in 2018 with his sextet, Color As Time.
Stamper’s current work, Elements, is a four-part, multimedia series exploring the physical, environmental, cultural, and philosophical significance of the four classical elements (water, air, fire, earth), and the specific ways their movements have shaped the city of Philadelphia, its culture, and its history. RIVERS, the first chapter in the series, written for prepared piano and prepared cello, dance, and film, premiered in November of 2014 in Philadelphia. Chapter two of the series, ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion, was commissioned by Grammy-winning chamber choir The Crossing and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, premiered in Philadelphia in June of 2017.