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Described by Public Radio International as “powerful” and “poignant,” Joshua Clausen’s works frequently fuse strong rhythmic textures and intricate patterning with narratives from history, mass culture and current events.

Clausen is a 2018-2019 McKnight Composer Fellow, currently collaborating with chamber ensembles 10th Wave (Minneapolis), and HUB New Music (Boston), presenting at Ensemble Mise-En (New York City), and developing a new work for soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw (Chicago/Twin Cities). Other recent projects include a large ceramics/sound installation with the artist Anna Metcalfe, and an immersive 50-channel modular sound installation. 

Previous honors include awards from the Jerome Foundation Fellowship, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the American Composers Forum and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Performances include the 2018 Tribeca New Music Festival, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen Halls, Ensemble Mise-En, ShoutHouse, Verdant Vibes in Providence RI, and the American Composers Forum showcase. Clausen’s music has been featured on PRI’s The World with Marco Werman and Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

Clausen is a member of the Spitting Image Collective, a Twin-Cities group dedicated to composer-curated programming, and mentors young composers during the American Composers Forums’annual NextNotes initiative.