Joshua Young

Composer/Arranger/Virtuoso

Joshua Calvin Young

Composer and bassist Joshua Young (b.1989, Queens, NY) ) was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA at age 17. During his time at Berklee he worked with visiting artists saxophonist Bob Reynolds (John mayer/Brian Blade), trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), drummer Louis Cato (Marcus Miller band), and musical director Tariqh Akoni (Josh Groban). Young has performed as a sideman on live television with top billboard artist Daya (chainsmokers) opening up for Taylor Swift and Jessie J in Times Square, NY. As a composer his biggest influence is J.S Bach the master of his highly favored compositional style, counterpoint.

Young started composing 2-3 voice fugues as solo works for the electric bass guitar, treating the bass as a choir by playing polyphonic music on a predominantly monophonic instrument. Thus, garnering attention from the likes of grammy award winning bassist Victor Wooten whom was impressed Young's virtuosic abilities allowing him to open for Wooten at a Berklee Faculty concert.

Young left the bass and gravitated towards chamber orchestra by writing a quadruple fugue for string quartet inspired by J.S Bach's "Art of fugue." Aside from Bach his influences as a composer range from Phillip Glass, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, to Max Richter. Currently Young has written many new works for his Neo-Baroque concept album including music for a string trio, two string quartet fugues, a string quintet, a string sextet, and a beautiful sounding intricate prelude & fugue for 8 voices using a string octet. He is an emerging composer and hopes to create music that is timeless in his lifetime.

 

Photographers: (Mother) Silvana Espinoza (childhood photo) Chris Barry (background photo)

Musician: Joshua Young & his father Carlos Young

At home: College Point, Queens, New York