Josh Knowles is a violinist, singer/songwriter, and composer based in Boston, MA. Formerly educated at Berklee College of Music, he brings an eclectic array of influences to his work. He has trained from the age of four as a classical violinist and is continually striving to fuse his traditional foundation with a myriad of contemporary styles. His indie/rock band, Nemes, was recently nominated for the Boston Music Award for Best Live Act, as well as New England Music Award for Best in State.
Josh is also a musical artist and poet for Cirio Collective, a modern dance group founded by Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, principal dancers at American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet respectively. He has appeared on stage with the Boston Ballet at Boston Opera House, in addition to their tour to Lincoln Center in New York. Josh first collaborated with the Collective in 2015, and shortly after was asked to arrange the music and perform alongside violist Anna Stromer for Cirio Collective's piece, "Efil Ym Fo Flah", which premiered at the Vineyard Arts Project in summer 2016. He is currently a Community Luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he performs regularly.
In February of 2018, Josh will be releasing his debut album of instrumental solo electric violin pieces. Largely recorded live, each of the original compositions is built on loops and improvisations spawned entirely from sounds created by the violin, manipulated by multiple effect pedals. Riding the line somewhere between new age and classical contemporary, the result is both symphonic and electronic, unique in its combination of melodic foundation and technical prowess.