Joshua Van Tassel is a sideman, producer, composer and sonic landscaper. He regularly performs some of Canada's best song writers such as Great Lake Swimmers, Amelia Curran, Sarah Slean, Donovan Woods, Rose Cousins, David Myles, among others. Joshua and his studio Dream Date Studio in Toronto have worked on albums for Sarah Slean, David Myles, KIRTY, Rosie And the Riverters, Christine Bougie, Megan Bonnell, and more. With his solo career Van Tassel has a built a reputation as a producer and composer of electro-acoustic music that is both highly sophisticated and easily digestible. The new album "Crossworlds" from Joshua Van Tassel comes with an accompanying novella written by Jordan Crute and Van Tassel, and features illustrations by Geordan Moore (The Quarrelsome Yeti). "Crossworlds" is a richly orchestrated concept album with 9 pieces written to serve as a score for the tale of an Old Woman who is left to defend her small island from a force not of this world. Van Tassel's music, which has been featured on the Outdoor Life Network’s program “Departures” and “Descending”, is a tapestry of traditions; the familiar plucking of folk music floats amongst drum machines and ambient field recordings, driving bass lines melt into flowing synth melodies. He has been nominated and won numerous ECMA and Nova Scotia Music awards, and "Crossworlds" is Juno-nominated for Album Artwork of the Year (2019). Joshua is also the producer of the respected CBC radio host Laurie Brown's podcast "Pondercast".  


 

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