Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a composer and Biomusic researcher whose music explores the intersection between nature and music. His research examines pitch hierarchy of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) song and rhythmic entrainment in Bonobo apes (Pan paniscus). Timbral subtleties, spectral manipulation, and textural variation permeate his music, which draws inspiration from natural, sonic phenomenon.
Marquez's music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka (flute), Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Akropolis Reed Quintet, Fresno State New Music Ensemble, Gate City Camerata, Quintet Sirocco, and the Cape Fear Wind Symphony.
Recent performances include the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the National Student Electronic Music Event, Birmingham New Music Festival (AL), Brave New Works (CA), Indiana State University New Music Festival (IN), SCI Concerts, Stony Brook Premieres! (NYC), Circuit Bridges (NYC), and the International Ferienkruse für Neue Musik Darmstadt in venues such as Symphony Space (NYC), Abron Arts Center (NYC), the Englert Theatre (IA), Georgia Southern University (GA), Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Canada International Film Festival, and the Utopia Film Festival (MD), among others.
Marquez's paper, “Deep Structures of Pitch Usage in Humpback Whale Song”, was accepted to the 2015 Humpback Whale World Congress in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar. Recordings of his music have been released by RMN Classical Records, Sarton Records, and E.M.P.i.R.E.S Records.
Marquez holds a PhD from the University of Iowa in addition to degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM '13), and Campbell University (BA '11). Joshua serves as the Artistic Director for the interdisciplinary collaborative nonprofit, GRIT Collaborative. Marquez serves as a Resident Composer for the Saint Mary's Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, IN (2014-present), having previously taught at the University of Iowa and the Preucil School of Music.
He has studied with Josh Levine, David Gompper, Mark Engebretson, and Alejandro Rutty in addition to private studies with Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, Michael Harrison, Laura Kaminsky, David Lang, and Augusta Read Thomas.