Joshua Penman is an electronic music producer, concert composer, and film composer.
Joshua’s main project as an electronic music producer is Akara, a psychedelic downtempo project with a small chamber ensemble of real orchestral instruments and vocals in an invented elvish language. He has toured festivals, clubs, and parties around the US and internationally, including Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Rainbow Serpent, Earth Frequency, Sonic Bloom, Beloved, and more.
As a concert composer, Joshua Penman has received commissions from the Albany Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, Prism Quartet, Now Ensemble, Arraymusic, Bang on a Can, Lionheart, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Additionally, his music has been performed by the Tuscaloosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Central Washington University Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony, Reading Symphony, Musica Sacra, Holland Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Sangita, String Orchestra of New York City, and American Composers Orchestra. He has won awards for composition from ASCAP, BMI, Columbia and Yale University.
Joshua Penman has written music for the films Caravan of Light, a spiritual art film, Deep Down, a feature documentary for PBS, In Destiny’s Hands, a dramatic short, and The Human Machine, a documentary art film. He has also composed music for commercials for Microsoft, Options XPress and Embracing the World.
He received doctoral and master’s degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in music and mathematics from Yale University. In addition, he has studied North Indian classical singing with Sri Devashish Dey and Sundanese gamelan with Pak Nano S. He now lives in Los Angeles.