Photo by Kassandra Hishida

Joseph Bohigian’s music is characterized by the obsessive pursuit of singular ideas and a gradual unfolding of sustained tension. His interest in loud, aggressive sounds stems from his background as a percussionist and is reflected in the jagged rhythmic quality common to his work. His music, described as “delightfully accessible and inventive” (SoundWordSight), has been heard around the world at such venues as the Oregon Bach Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall, New Music on the Point Festival, Australian Percussion Gathering, and Aram Khachaturian Museum Hall. Recently, his String Quartet was performed by the Mivos Quartet at June in Buffalo and his Subnatural Delights was premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles by the the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy. Bohigian’s upcoming projects include a commission for saxophonists Kyle Baldwin and Corey Dundee of the Kenari Quartet, an open-instrumentation trio for F-PLUS, and a piano and percussion quartet to be premiered at the Yarn/Wire Institute. He has also worked with such performers as Great Noise Ensemble, Argus Quartet, members of New Thread Quartet, and flutist Robert Dick and his music has been featured on NPR’s “Here and Now” and “The California Report.” In addition to composing, Bohigian performs as a percussionist, pianist, and laptop musician. An avid supporter of new music, he has premiered many new works and curated concerts of contemporary music for the Composer’s Voice Concert Series in New York City for which he was called a “triple-threat” by Time Out New York for his role as curator, composer, and performer. Bohigian is currently a doctoral student at Stony Brook University and has studied at California State University Fresno and in Yerevan, Armenia with Artur Avanesov.


String Quartet

Performed by the Argus Quartet at the New Music on the Point Festival.