"I have gotten to play on many different instruments, and nothing really compares to Marimba One. The depth of sound, color, and dynamic range are second to none. Whenever I travel and play something else, I am consistently amazed when I come back to my instrument and I feel so at home."
Born in Canada and raised in Michigan, Josh Graham is a percussionist based in Chicago, Illinois. As a chamber musician and soloist, Josh has had the the pleasure of performing throughout the United States and Canada. He has premiered dozens of new works for percussion, including pieces by Dave Hollinden, Lera Auerbach, Timo Andres, Thomas Kotcheff, Sean Calhoun, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, and Anna Meadors, among many others.
Josh is one third of the trio F-PLUS (fplusmusic.com) and percussionist and program director for the Zafa Collective (zafacollective.com). In the 2017/18 season, Josh will perform at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation of Chicago, Constellation, Pianoforte Studios, and universities throughout the country include the Eastman School of Music, Stony Brook University, Duke University, Central Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. As a soloist, Josh has performed with the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the BCE Vocal Ensemble, the Lawrence North High School Percussion Ensemble (Indianapolis), at the International Computer Music Conference and the Society of Composers, Inc. Conference. Josh has performed with new music groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente, the Half Stick Duo, To Hit, Listen! Percussion, as well as with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, eighth blackbird, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
As a orchestral percussionist and timpanist, Josh has performed with the West Michigan Symphony, Midland Symphony (MI), Michigan Philharmonic, and in the summers is Principle Timpanist with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.
Josh has been a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and spent two summers as the percussionist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, on a full fellowship as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2014, Josh performed as soloist with the group on Steve Mackey's "Micro-Concerto."
Josh currently teaches at Triton College and Roosevelt University, and in the summers is on the percussion faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in West Michigan. Josh holds a Master's degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, and is proud to endorse Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Marimba One Instruments.