Joshua Guy was born and raised in a musical family and began performing at an early age. Through high school he played in several local and regional dance and show bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and drumlines. He studied classical and jazz music performance at Marywood College and Portland State University before dedicating himself full-time to the music styles of West Africa, the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, North and South America. He has been fortunate enough to study and travel with several Master musicians and artists of our time and remains in their debt. As an instrumentalist, he has been described as “dangerous and multi-faceted”, and he approaches both traditional and modern music with reverence and alacrity.
He performs and teaches multiple disparate styles of percussion and string instruments, and is a performing and teaching artist in residence with Urban Gateways, Northwestern University, Dominican University, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Chicago Summerdance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, School of Fine Arts Calumet City, Chicago Public Schools, Columbia College Chicago, The Old Town School of Folk Music, and Catholic Charities Chicago. Joshua teaches privately at Rast Ballet in Lincoln Park, at the South Holland Community Center, and throughout the country. He performs regularly with Group Gayndeey band, Sunu Thiossane dance company, Sebe Kan drum and dance, and Alma Dance Toledo, as well as in solo and small ensemble settings. He has arranged music for stage, radio, television, and film, and his duo project has toured the South Pacific.
Joshua lives and teaches in the Chicago area and performs and teaches workshops throughout the country.