Described by Public Radio International as “powerful” and “poignant,” Joshua Clausen’s works frequently fuse strong rhythmic textures, intense harmony and intricate patterning with narratives from history, mass culture and current events.
Clausen’s current work is supported by a 2018-2019 McKnight Composer Fellowship, including upcoming projects with chamber ensemble 10th Wave, FIX collective and a large ceramics/sound installation with Anna Metcalfe. Previous awards include a 2016 Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship, and grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the American Composers Forum, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Performances of his works include the 2018 Tribeca New Music Festival, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Ensemble Mise-En, ShoutHouse, Verdant Vibes in Providence RI, the 2018 American Choral Directors Association Conference in Oklahoma City, 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 holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Concordia College in Moorhead, where his instructors have included Douglas Geers, Judith Lang Zaimont, Alex Lubet, Daniel Breedon, Liviu Marinescu and Steven Makela. He 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.