Joseph Bourdeau is a composer, educator and performer currently living in San Diego, California. Influenced by diverse artistic interests, Joseph’s work blends music, humor and theater, while often manipulating familiar sounds and situations in the pursuit of surreal new experiences. He is particularly interested in the interactions between contrasting emotional spaces, with the relationship between humor and discomfort being a particularly longstanding fascination.
Joseph’s music has been performed across the U.S and abroad, at events like the 15-Minutes-of-Fame concert series in New York City, and the 2017 SoundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Recently, his work Imaginary Concerto was commissioned and performed across the U.S. by pianist Mari Kawamura as a part of her New Virtuosity project, and his upcoming Music for Percussion will be performed by percussionist Tamara Persad in late 2021.
Deeply interested in theater, Joseph has participated in a number of theatrical projects and events. He provided songs and music for Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece Mother Courage and Her Children, performed at the Mandell Weiss Forum in San Diego in 2018. In 2019 he premiered his own theatrical work Songs from Patmos, a half-hour long one man show setting text from the book of Revelation as a series of chaotic musical vignettes.
Also a performer in various capacities, Joseph appears as a percussionist on several recordings with the McCormick Percussion Group, as well as a number of self-released projects. In 2020 he performed along with Mariana Flores Bucio, Wilfrido Terrazas, and Kathryn Schulmeister as part of the Festival de Compositores y Artistas Sonoros de Baja California on La Llorona Project:Aproximación experimental a un Son Istmeño.
Joseph holds bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Composition from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Dr. Baljinder Sekhon, and a master’s in composition from UC San Diego, where he studied with Natacha Diels, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in music under Wilfrido Terrazas.