Josh Charney

Composer | Performer | Musicologist

Josh Charney is a performer, composer, and improviser residing in San Diego, CA. Whether his compositions exist for ensembles, soloists, or film, dance, and theater productions, Charney's music engages with inventive rhythmic structures, cyclical atmospheres, and rich spontaneity. He earned his MFA from CalArts in the Performer/Composer Program, where he studied with Wadada Leo Smith. He has also participated in the Upbeat Uzmah summer composition course in Croatia where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Joel Hoffman. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Music - Integrative Studies from UCSD where he is studying with Anthony Davis. As a pianist, he has worked with, amongst others, Vinny Golia, Alphonso Johnson, Adam Rudolph, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, and Rahman Jamaal. 



"Joshua Charney's electric keyboard had a dramatic entrance later on a tune that seemed to marry Coltrane's 'Africa Brass' with Cecil Taylor's 'Conquistador.'" - Robert Bush, NBC San Diego


"... Charney's melodious, accomplished score..." - Backstage West 


"Joshua Charney has written new melodies -- which resemble folksongs and worker anthems." - LA Times


"jazzy and tasteful" - Variety


"Kicking off the evening were Autumn Tone's very own Le Switch, whose set rambled with a driving energy punctuated by... Josh Charney's warm keys." - Aquarium Drunkard


"Joshua Charney (Keyboards) was making his Nord Electro keyboard look like a child's toy as he worked his way up and down the keyboard effortlessly." - Amateur Chemist