Joshua Clausen is a Minneapolis-based composer, music producer and educator. Clausen’s works often inhabit stylistic interstices between chamber concert music, electronic music and varied popular forms exerting “a dynamic intensity to [their] influence of popular culture (Computer Music Journal).”
Clausen has composed for the Antithesis Project, AVIDduo, the Renegade Ensemble, the pianist Keith Kirchoff, saxophonist Kyle Hutchins and clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee and his recent works have been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the MacPhail Center for Music and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Clausen’s work has been presented at numerous festivals and conferences of new music including the International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest and the Spark festival.
Clausen is director of Community Programs at Slam Academy, a business he co-founded that is dedicated to community education in the electronic arts. He teaches theory, composition and electronic music at Perpich Arts High School, and was a composition mentor in the inaugural season of American Composers Forums’ NextNotes workshop and concert series for young composers. Clausen earned a Bachelor of Music degree (theory/composition, minor in philosophy) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Arts (composition, minor in art – time & interactivity) from the University of Minnesota. His mentors at the University of Minnesota included Douglas Geers, Alex Lubet and Judith Lang Zaimont.