Joe Venegoni ? producer, award-winning composer, and master percussionist?is regarded as one of the most innovative artists performing today. He has received international critical acclaim on the Multiphase and Water Lily Acoustics record labels. In addition to headlining as leader of his own jazz quintet, Venegoni performs and records with such international stars as Jiebing Chen and Yangqin Zhao of China, Shweta Jhaveri and Poolivar Shrinivasan of India...
In addition to headlining as leader of his own jazz quintet, Venegoni performs and records with such international stars as Jiebing Chen and Yangqin Zhao of China, Shweta Jhaveri and Poolivar Shrinivasan of India, as well as American artists Fareed Haque, Michael Manring, Carl Weingarten, Dan Reiter, Todd Mosby, and the improvisational ensemble Cloud Chamber.
As a composer, Venegoni has created scores for the ?who's who? of dance companies and independent choreographers including Sue Li-Jue's Facing East Dance and Music, Robert Moses' Kin, Janice Garrett, Kulintang Arts, Arturo Fernandez's Left Coast Dance, and the Gash/Voight Dance Theatre. In 1999, he received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzies) for Best Ensemble Performance, recognizing his work with dance artist Robert Moses and cellist Dan Reiter. He also received an Izzies nomination for his performance in Pai Gow Potluck, from Facing East Dance and Music's Rice Women.
Venegoni has served as Artist in Residence at Stanford University for more than 12 years in the Dance and Drama Department. He is a former accompanist at Washington University, Sonoma State University, ODC School and the Margaret Jenkins Performance Gallery School in San Francisco. Venegoni has performed and conducted workshops at the Conservatoire National Superier et Musique et de Danse ~ Paris, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Ballet. He has conducted and performed master classes for international dance companies such as; Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Margaret Jenkins, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, ODC/SF, DV8 of London, Mathew Bourn Dance Company of London, and the Rambert Dance Co. of London, and White Oak (Baryshnikov).
He is a recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Missouri Arts Council, California Arts Council, and a New Work Fellowship from the Marin Arts Council.
Venegoni is a national competition award winner for three distinct instruments: hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, and autoharp.
More information is available at www.myspace.com/joevenegoni.