Joshua Lascar (guitar): The Musicians’ Company Young Artists’ Programme #MusicShots
Joshua Lascar (guitar) joined the Musicians' Company Young Artists' Programme after winning our Silver Medal at the Royal Welsh College of Music in 2021. Here he performs a programme of his own compositions, with Michael Blanchfield (piano). They are:
Joshua Lascar (b 1998): Shower Trickles; On the Sixth Day; All That I Love Brings Me Joy, Remember?
"The three pieces performed today are all compositions of mine, from recent years. I selected them for this performance as they can be nicely re-interpreted for a guitar and piano duo. Likewise, they are pieces of music I simply enjoy playing, improvising and thus wanted to share through Music Shots. Shower Trickles is a composition that has had many forms. As it is a melody I’m fond of, I have developed it for various settings, from Jazz duo to quintet to big band. On The Sixth Day was written during the first lockdown of the pandemic, on the sixth day of it. The piece is inspired by the feelings experienced when going between your independent life and your home life. In this piece, there’s also a glimpse of a sound world I regularly work in: electronics. Here I use a digital modular synthesizer software called VCV Rack. Finally, All That I Love Brings Me Joy, Remember? is a piece that I developed in 2021, during workshops with Gilad Hekselman. It was composed as a contrafact, by re-structruing and re-harmonising the Jazz standard Everything I Love and then writing a melody to this renewed basis."
Joshua Lascar is a composer and guitarist based in Cardiff, UK. He has performed on BBC Radio Wales, Sofar Sounds and in venues such as Welsh Parliament, for HRH King Charles III in his Llwynywermod Residence, Cardiff Castle, and the Berklee Performance Center. As a composer, Joshua has been commissioned by Tŷ Cerdd, scored short films (broadcasted on S4C), and will soon be joining RSNO’s 2022-2023 Film Composer Lab program. He additionally works for Lightsong Media Group, Jordan Rees, and as an external advisor to the Arts Council of Wales. Joshua graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2021 in Jazz Guitar (first class honours, Principal’s Award for Music). He was also awarded the Musician’s Company Silver Medal Award.
About the Musicians' Company Young Artists' Programme - http://wcom.org.uk/youngartists
About the Musicians' Company Silver Medals - http://wcom.org.uk/awards/musicians-company-silver-medals-for-current-conservatoire-students/
Joshua's Musicians’ Company Young Artist page - http://wcom.org.uk/yeoman/joshua-lascar/
Joshua's Website - http://joshualascar.com/
Joshua's Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/joshlascarmusic/
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