Wednesday, April 23 8:30 PM
A uniquely diverse palette, the ability to transcend musical languages, masterful technique and a refreshing sense of artistic urgency make Ari Joshua a compelling young musician to watch. Currently residing in the Northwest, Ari performs regularly and can be seen and heard on guitar with one of his many diverse projects. From Straight ahead modern jazz, to 60' Soul Boogaloo, to Grateful Dead Covers, to JamRock Originals in Space Owl, to rock band Big High, to AriSawkaDoria – an Experimental Trio, and dozens of other unique projects. Ari spans genre and style, always displaying virtuosity always potent and always interesting. Think Pat Metheny Meets Joe Pass, Jerry Garcia, Trey Anastasio, Grant Green, and Jimi Hendrix.
Ari was born in Cape Town, South Africa but his early days as an artist were spent in Seattle, WA., where he grew up and first discovered his musical calling. His hard work and raw talent were quickly recognized, and Ari was awarded a scholarship to study music on the east coast after high school. “Moving to New York and studying music for 5 years was one of the richest experiences of my life,” says Ari. “It was from my fellow students and mentors at the New School and Mason Gross School of the Arts that I began to appreciate the true power of musical expression.”
Despite being relatively under the radar, Ari Joshua has recorded and performed and rubbed shoulders with a list that reads like a highly diverse Who’s Who of the music scene today: Robert Glasper, Stone Gossard, Peter Buck, Joe Doria, Michael Kang, Kevin Sawka, Michael Shrieve, The Benevento Russo Duo, Barrett Martin, EJ and Marcus Strickland, Reggie Watts, DJ Swamp, Blake Lewis, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Tom Morello, Mike McCready, Skerik, Matt Butler’s Everyone Orchestra, David Tiller, Matt Sircely, New Monsoon, David Brogen (ALO), Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel), Handful of Lovin, Richie Beirach, Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman, Ted Dunbar, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Hal Galper, Jimmy Owens, Milo Petersen, George Garzone, Armen Donelian, Richard Boukas, Bobby Sanabria, Bill Kirshner, Jimmy Cobb, Gary Dial, Classical Guitarist Virginia Luque, Ralph Peterson, Noah Baerman, Larry Ridly, Mike Richmond, Ralph Bowen, Bill Fielder, Badal Roy, Robert Bedford and many, many more.