Joe Snape (1989) mixes conventional and homemade instruments with light, text and video to make unusual and emotive performances. His work has been presented at places like The Kitchen (New York), Café Oto (London), and Wonder Site (Tokyo), and also at places like the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) and Aldeburgh Music. The Quietus calls Joe’s music ‘goofy, melancholy, irreverent fun – very, very singularly itself.’ Fluid Radio thinks it’s ‘joyous and beautiful’, and one time in The Guardian Nico Muhly called it ‘organized, disorganized fun’. In front of a small audience, the AACM’s George Lewis described Joe’s work as ‘some seriously unartful sh*t,’ and everybody agreed. Joe is a former UK Young Artist, has been nominated for the Arts Foundation’s Creative Producer fellowship, and has helped commission new work from almost twenty young composers on both sides of the Atlantic. Truthfully, though, his art has never actually won a prize.


Joe studied music at Cambridge, Oxford, and the Institute of Sonology, spent time at University of California Berkeley, and holds a PhD fellowship at New York University, where he writes about weirdness and schemes up fun stuff to do with his students and professors. Since 2010, he’s been playing really weird rock and roll. He hails from the great merchant city of Birmingham, England.

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