West African Dance Accompanist Drummer
Joshua Guy was born and raised in the eastern U.S. to a musical family and began performing and studying music at an early age. While in school he played in numerous local orchestras, street bands, and competition ensembles in county, district and regional bands and orchestras. He studied classical, jazz and modern music performance at Portland State University and played in all percussion, wind and jazz ensembles, and all concert, operatic, cinematic and ballet orchestras. Disenchanted with the gristmongers of the modern academic music establishment, he refused all awards and accolades and returned to Chicago to study music and culture with Ya Ya Kabo, and has since been lucky enough to travel the U.S. studying, teaching and performing alongside several traditional master musicians and artists. He plays guitar, bass, banjo and all percussion instruments and has arranged and recorded music for film, television and radio, and has performed with dance troupes, choral groups, percussion ensembles, club d.j. s, fire dancers, acrobats and jugglers. His duet project Cast Iron Skillet has toured the South Pacific and has future works forthcoming.
Joshua is an artist in residence in the Chicago Public Schools and with Urban Gateways teaching drum classes and accompanying dance workshops and performances, and has performed all over Chicago with Kopano Performing Arts Company as well as several dance studios and schools. He continues to give workshops and private lessons on all percussion and string instruments to students of all ages and levels, and plays for dance classes all over the city.
Started at the Old Town School in October of 2008