I am thrilled to announce I have been asked to record hammered dulcimer on the upcoming soundtrack for the Japanese animated film “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”. Click play to watch a 32 second trailer that includes my hammered dulcimer!
Scheduled to release in 2017, the film is directed by Academy Award nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“Arrietty” and “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli). Music composed by Takatsugu Muramatsu.
Amazing, driving cinematic world music on acoustic instruments (hammered dulcimer, percussion, & cello). You won’t believe how epic this sounds with only 4 musicians! Woodland Dance was composed by Joshua Messick and inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. Listen with headphones. Please comment, like, and share.
Joshua Messick (http://www.joshuamessick.com) ~ Hammmered Dulcimer
JOSHUA, based in Asheville, NC, is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and breathes new life into an ancient, enchanting instrument. Creativity flows with dynamic passion as he weaves progressive, cinematic stylings & modern techniques into traditional melodies, original compositions, & powerful improvisations. You will be inspired as Joshua plays World Fusion, New Acoustic, Folk, & Traditional Favorites. Joshua has released 5 albums: Hammered Dulcimer Christmas, Honest: Songs of Hope, The Entrance of Sound, Desire for Departure, and Stillness.
River Guerguerian (http://www.guerguerian.com) ~ Frame Drum, Drum Kit,
RIVER has been inspiring audiences with his ecstatic and versatile percussion for over 30 years. Whether collaborating with world-class artists, supporting symphonies or creating his own dynamic explorations of rhythm, River’s devotion and attention to the vibrant life of the drum reverberate through the mind and soul of the listener. In 1988, just before graduating, he began working with Grammy and Oscar-winning composer, Tan Dun. Over the next several years he continued performing with several artists, which placed him in the prestigious concert halls of most major cities of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and Lincoln Center. As a highly regarded studio musician, River has recorded on over 200 albums and film soundtracks, including the John Cage documentary film, “I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It.” Over the span of his prolific career, he has performed and/ or recorded with such groups as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Music Consort, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Paul Winter Consort, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, Lizz Wright, Chuck Berry, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Ziggy Marley and The Gipsy Kings. He often engineers his own percussion tracks for artists at his studio.
James Kylen ~ Percussion
JAMES, based in Asheville, NC, is a gifted composer, improviser, and is a groove machine. A current member of the BJ Leiderman (NPR Theme Composer) band, James brings an intuitive, creative approach that allows him to play in diverse settings ranging from classical, jazz, world and folk. James is a session musician in Asheville, and has recorded on dozens of albums including BJ Leiderman’s new release.
Max Dyer ~ Cello
MAX plays cello in every context from opera and chamber music to folk, jazz, and world music. He looks forward to playing with Cantiga each year at the Texas Renaissance Festival, as well as at various concerts. He works behind the scenes producing Cantiga’s recordings. As a classical cellist, he performed for three years with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and has played with Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet Orchestra since 1984. During the summer of 2004, he was solo cellist with the Broadway musical “The Lion King” and has also been selected to join the performer’s roster for Cirque du Soleil. As a studio musician, he has recorded for many major labels as an orchestral player and as an improvising cello soloist on Grammy nominated albums. Max holds a Masters Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Shirley Trepel. Max has recorded on over 400 albums in the following categories: Classical, Early Music, Folk, Rock, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Children’s Music, New Age, Country, Latino, R&B, International, commercial scores and film scores. – See more at: http://www.joshuamessick.com/acoustic…
Composed and Produced by Joshua Messick in Asheville, NC
Video by Tony Lee Glenn and Joshua Messick
Tony Lee Glenn, Randy Wills, Katie Moritz, Song of the Wood, and all the good folks of Asheville and Black Mountain.
Exciting news! Pandora Internet Radio is now playing Hammered Dulcimer ChristmasClick to listen
Click to read the December Newsletter. Thank you for your support. Merry Christmas!
Joshua’s newest album Hammered Dulcimer Christmas is available for order!
2013 was an amazing year! I played concerts & events throughout Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, & South Carolina. I was honored to share the stage with Brian Henke, Muriel Anderson, David LaMotte, BJ Leiderman, River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser, Sarah Moor, Max Dyer, James Kylen, Eric Congdon, Stephen Humphries, Heidi Haas-Smith, Kyle Paxton, Sarah Morgan, and many others.
I provided studio session work for David LaMotte, Anthony DeLallo, and donated a session on a collaborate recording to raise money for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This project also featured tracks donated by Bruno Mars and Rob Thomas [of Matchbox 20].
The biggest highlight of 2013 was the move to Asheville, NC in June. I also spend much of my time in the nearby city of Black Mountain. This is now home, and I am finding so much peace and a warm heart. Thank you, Asheville/Black Mountain for embracing me into your community.
While there are dozens of people I’d like to thank (you know who you are!) I will specifically thank one person who has profoundly impacted my 2013—Jerry Read Smith. First of all, I am now the proud owner of the Jerry Read Smith Grand Concertmaster with abalone sound hole and bridge marker inlays, Macassar ebony endrails, curly maple pinblocks, and above all an incredible tone. Thank you, Jerry, for dedicating your life to building this amazing instrument. Secondly, thank you for facilitating my move to Asheville! You were right, this is the perfect place for me to be right now. Love it!
Thank you for making 2013 an amazing year! After writing this, my heart is warm with gratitude. Thank you!
I have moved to Asheville, North Carolina. There are many hammered dulcimer opportunities and great musicians in this area, and I look forward to connecting with the local community. Thank you, Asheville!