Joshua Stamper has been a restless composer and collaborator for over twenty five years. His work reflects a deep interest in the intersection points between seemingly disparate musics, and a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music. Equally at home in the jazz, classical, avant-garde, and indie/alternative worlds, his work ranges from large-scale choral and instrumental works to art-pop song cycles to chamber jazz suites. Joshua has worked as an orchestral arranger and session musician for Sony/BMG and for independent labels Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records, Sounds Familyre, Smalltown Supersound, and Mason Jar Music, collaborating with such luminaries as Todd Rundgren, Robyn Hitchcock, Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, and Emil Nikolaisen.
Joshua's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation, the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Eric Stokes Foundation. He is also the recipient of the MacDowell Fellowship, the Lincoln City Fellowship and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship. He has written for both dance and film, including the award-winning documentary Horse & Rider by brother and frequent collaborator, Ben Stamper. Joshua has been commissioned to create chamber works for City Church Philadelphia, Sparks and Echo Arts, Price of Life, and for Grammy-award winning chamber choir, The Crossing. Joshua is also founder and composer for the jazz-adjacent sextet color as time.
Joshua's current work, Elements, is a four-part, transdisciplinary series exploring the physical, environmental, cultural, and philosophical significance of the four classical elements (water, air, fire, earth), and the specific ways their movements have shaped the city of Philadelphia, its culture, and its history.