The Williams College Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring Josh Blanco on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Blanco will be playing music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, J.S. Bach, Isaac Ableniz, Roland Dyens, Frank Martin, and Mauro Giuiani.
Joshua Blanco was born at Clark American Air Force Base in the Philippines in 1989 to Ivan and Maria Blanco. The son of a U.S. air traffic controller, he spent most of his childhood living abroad, transferring between several different American Air Force military bases overseas; these include Yokota Air Base, Japan; Saham Toney, England; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; Bitburg Air Base, Germany; and finally Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he graduated valedictorian from Aviano high school in 2007.
He began taking classical guitar lessons at age 8, at Saham Toney Primary School in England, and also played Alto and Tenor saxophone in middle and high school Concert Band, as well as jazz guitar in high school. He played 1st guitar in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDs) European Honors Jazz Band festival for three years in high school, and in 2007, enrolled at Williams College, where he undertook classical guitar studies with Robert Phelps his freshman year.
He has played with a number of ensembles on campus, including Symphonic Winds, the Zambezi Marimba band, and the Percussion Ensemble, and is a member of a campus rock band, the Muddyfunkers. He is also a Music and Biology double major and is currently doing an honors thesis in Microbiology.