Bio

Boston-based indie musician AO GRYVE leaning on tree. Arm is bent with hand resting on forehead. Wearing dark blue wool coat, gray and red plaid flannel shirt, dark gray pants.

(pronounced “A-Oh Greev”, he/him) is a genre-bending artist, musical misfit, and explorer of the human condition. An anagram of "Voyager", AO GRYVE explores the human experience with a personal, authentic, and adventurous sound that bounces from Iron & Wine to Radiohead fusing folk, electronic, and art-pop music with experimental sensibilities.

AO GRYVE is the alter-ego of Joshua Jandreau, a classically-trained composer and multi-instrumentalist. Jandreau's music been has been premiered, performed, and recorded across the United States, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany by artists and ensembles such as the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, members of Fifth House Ensemble, Grammy-nominated cellist Amanda Gookin, and Grammy award-winning hornist Andrew Pelletier to name a few.

  In the artist's own words:                  

"As a kid in high school I would stand in the front of classrooms and sell CD's for $1. I loved playing in bands and events at the school. My senior year I had a humiliating performance, and I didn't have the tools at the time to manage that. I stopped performing for more than a decade, writing and recording music in secret. It eventually got to a point where I had to stop running from myself, to accept myself for who I was. It hasn't been easy embracing that, but it's been infinitely more rewarding. I hope my music helps other people embrace themselves for who they are, and to stop running; to connect the head and the heart."

- AO GRYVE

Despite working as a classical composer for more than a decade, Jandreau felt unfulfilled. Now with guitar, piano, and an arsenal of electronics in hand, he's on a voyage to explore the human condition and find out what it means to be alive.  

Joshua Jandreau

With music described as "dreamlike" by the Portland Press Herald, composer, songwriter, and teacher Joshua Jandreau creates multimedia art that reframes traditional thinking and fosters personal connections. His music ranges from the traditional to the experimental, freely associating genre, aesthetic, and medium. 

​Recent projects include a piece for 8–12 pianos honoring composer Elliot Schwartz performed at the Portland Conservatory of Music in Portland, Maine; Blague Fantastique, a 90-minute work that mixes performance art, music, and audience interaction to explore the culture of expectation; And I'll call you by mine, a sound-reactive light installation with live electronics and acoustic performers, commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative for their 10th season; QU4RT3T 4 TH3 N3W M1LLEN14L for string quartet, fixed electronics, and mannequin arms that explore commercialism and consumer culture. 

Jandreau's been has been premiered, performed, and recorded across the United States, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany by artists and ensembles such as the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, members of Fifth House Ensemble, the Boston New Music Initiative, Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, Sonic Liberation Players, duo membranophōn, Resinosa Ensemble, the Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Festival Orchestra, Grammy-nominated cellist Amanda Gookin, and Grammy award-winning hornist Andrew Pelletier to name a few.

An active educator, Jandreau teaches piano and brass in the greater Boston area, maintaining private studios of 60 students. He has been awarded several grants for educational and community outreach, has partnered with charity organizations and led successful crowd– funding campaigns to donate instruments and music to schools, and is an active advocate for arts education, being selected as a guest speaker for the 2016 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

When not writing music, Jandreau is a winemaker and woodscraftsman.

 

Contact

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