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oshua was born in London into a musical family on May 20th 1986. He was constantly surrounded by music and by the end of Primary school Joshua was studying Clarinet, Orchestral Percussion and teaching himself Drum Kit. Joshua Blackmoreup in Derbyshire in a musical family, He was constantly surrounded by music and by the end of Primary school Joshua was studying Clarinet, Orchestral Percussion and teaching himself Drum Kit. Joshua attended County Youth Orchestras, Wind Bands and Jazz Bands throughout secondary school, with opportunities for European travel and the highlight of performing in Japan. Joshua was playing professionally by the age of 15 with his quartet ‘Midnight Blue’. Derby Jazz concerts provided opportunities to perform alongside headline acts from London. Joshua was able to hear and meet many of his future colleagues (Tom Cawley (Curios), Tom Herbert (Polar Bear, The Invisible), Dave O’Higgins (Kyle Eastwood Band), Gilad Atzmon (Sarah Gillespie band) and Gerard Presencer. Studying drum kit with Malcolm Garrett at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School at aged 16 encouraged Joshua to set his sights high. He then attended Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz department a year later under the guidance of Nick Smart. Joshua then won a place on the prestigious Jazz degree programme whereby only one Drummer is taken every year and studied drums with Martin France. Joshua graduated in 2008 from the Royal Academy of Music with BMus (1st Class Hons.) also gaining his L.R.A.M. and being awarded the Benjamin Doniger prize. In 2006 Joshua was an incipient member of the Piano Trio ‘Curios’ who won BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line up Best Band at the Jazz awards 2008 and supported the Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Barbican in 2008 and extensively touring throughout UK and Europe including Derby Jazz, the North Sea, 12 points and London Jazz Festivals. “Curios are now poised to be launched to a worldwide audience. Intricate, witty and profoundly musical, Curios have become, within two albums, the most formidable piano trio in the UK” MOJO magazine. In 2007 Joshua co-founded Troyka (”Ones to watch out for” Jazzwise ‘09) with fellow RAM students Chris Montague (James Taylor Quartet) and Kit Downes (Empirical). June '09 saw the release of their debut album ‘Troyka’ on Edition Records, to rave reviews and a Jazzwise magazine full feature, August '09. Recently cited as one of Jamie Cullum’s favourites they have been voted by Jazzwise readers as No.8 in the Top 100 CD's of this year. Troyka have played at Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express, 606 and Vortex Jazz clubs and all around the UK. Having supported Polar Bear (Mercury Music Prize winners) at the Jazz Café to a sold out audience (Nov ’09) Edition records are now negotiating a substantial tour in 2010. “Troyka are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with; like King Crimson for the iPod generation”. Time Out In summer 2009 Joshua Joined forces with DJ Hip-Hop artist Floating Points to form the Floating Points Ensemble and recorded a BBC Radio 1 Gilles Peterson feature at Maida Vale studios. Floating points and the ensemble have had releases via Eglo, Planet mu, Ubiquity, XL and Brownswood records, some of which feature Joshua’s drum samples. They have had heavy support from Radio 1 DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Rob Da Bank and Benji B. In February 2010 Joshua will be appearing the Floating Points Ensemble at the World Wide Awards and at London’s Cargo club. He's also played with Corey Mwamba in Yana for several years.
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