Displacement of Air

Displacement of Air is the music and sound of Joe Straub


Joe Straub is a composer, musician and sound artist from Los Angeles, California. He creates music and sound for live performance, recorded media and various combinations of both. His work includes pieces for concert performance, installation, CD, web, animation and film. He works both as a solo artist and in collaboration with many other artists and projects. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

His solo work is engaging, emotional and socially aware. It often plays with the boundaries between composed and improvised music, live and recorded sound, and organically and synthetically produced sound.  He uses and blurs these distinctions to draw correlations to the relationships between simulation and reality, normal and absurd, beautiful and grotesque, etc.

Joe works in a highly improvisatory fashion creating a unique blend of various acoustic instruments, voice, electronic processing and synthesis. Drawing inspiration from a variety of musical forms, including contemporary classical and avant-garde, experimental noise, jazz and blues, and folk music from around the world; he creates music that is eclectic, dynamic and provocative.

In collaboration with others, Joe works on a variety of projects. He has composed music and designed sound for motion picture, performed and recorded with several music ensembles, and developed music and sound for live dance, puppetry, and other performance mediums.

He holds a BFA in music composition and performance from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California and an MA in music composition from Mills College in Oakland, California. He studied under professors James Tenney, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Barry Schrader and Arthur Jarvinen.





February 2012:

February 23 @ Totally Intense Fractal Mind Gaze Hut, Oakland, CA.

Joe Straub - guitar/electronics
Jason Hoopes - double bass
Karl Evangelista - electric guitar
David Leikam - moog rogue/electric bass-cello
Jordan Glenn - percussion
Sarah Howe - electronics/video


February 12 @ KZSU 90.1FM The Day of Noise

David Leikam (electric bass-cello, Moog) & Joe Straub (guitar, electronics and objects)


October 2011:

October 09 at Sowieso Neukölln

Joe Straub, Klaus Kürvers (double bass) and Tuia Cherici(words and paper)

Live improvisation to Tuia Cherici's film 10 Years Notebooks.


July 2011:

July 27 at Sowieso Neukölln

Joe Straub (guitar, electronics and saw) and Johanna Borchert (piano)


June 2011:

June 12 sowiekino at Sowieso Neukölln

Joe Straub (guitar, electronics and various instruments) and Tuia Cherici (video)


May 2011:

02 May LABORSONOR / Berlin www.fernwaerme-berlin.net/laborsonor

Joe Straub (piano and electronics)

March 2011:

New Digital Album:

The Maybeck Session
Joe Straub and Matt Hettich

The Maybeck Session
Improvised Session at the Mayback Studio in Berkeley California.

New Digital Album:

Discovery of Systems
Joe Straub and David Leikam

Discovery of Systems
Improvised Session at the Mayback Studio in Berkeley California.


March 2011:

09 March WENDEL / Berlin www.nstp.de/nstp/frameset-wendel.htm

Joe Straub solo (various instruments and electronics)+ Joe Straub and Els Vanerweyer (vibraphone)


December 2010:

11 December Schloßplatz, Berlin

Amusement/Annoyance by Joe Straub

performed by Ensemble Zwischentöne + die 35 Megaphone des Orchesters für direkte Demokratie


August 2010:

28 august ZOMER JAZZFIETSTOER / Groningen www.zjft.nl

Joe Straub with Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Eric Boeren, Anne la Berge, Bart van der Putten and others.


July 2010:

I have completed my MA, finished the Maybeck residency and moved to Berlin, where I will begin working on several collaborative and solo projects. more to come...



March 2010:

I am currently fulfilling an artist-in-residency program at the Maybeck Studio for Performing Arts in Berkeley, CA. I am working on many new pieces and collaborations which will be released soon. Later this year I will be touring Europe with two wonderful and talented musicians, Marie Guilleray and Johanna Borchert. Tour dates will be added shortly. Click here for the promotional page.



Summer 2009 European dates:

with the Dutch Improv Academy:

27 august WORM / Rotterdam www.wormweb.nl
28 august BIMHUIS / Amsterdam www.bimhuis.nl
29 august ZOMER JAZZFIETSTOER / Groningen www.zjft.nl


30 august STUDIO LOOS / Den Haag www.loosfoundation.com

01 september KIM / Berlin www.kim-in-berlin.com
10 september SCHOKOLADEN / Berlin www.schokoladen-mitte.de
with Jaro Straub (visuals)

Check back soon for possible additional dates...



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