Anything can happen when multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer / filmmaker Stephen Dijoseph enters a studio. Whether it’s the percussive grooves of his solo guitar and vocals, the backing drives of a firey rhythm section, the quirk and funk of his trademark solo “Pianopoetry,” or the ease and flow of his ambient productions and collaborations.
Dijoseph the recording artist is a man of many skills and moods. “Though technical preparation is required,” he emphasizes, “It’s all about what I feel.” And what Stephen feels is made unique by another very “outspoken collaborator” as he refers to his experience of living with Tourette’s Syndrome. “Tourette’s showed up for me around the same time as my passion for music.”
” I was around 6 years old,” Dijoseph recalls. With that passion and “partnership” with Tourette’s, he has fashioned an award-winning career, garnering praise and accolades for his multi-genre CD releases and video productions.
Dijoseph’s pursuit of a musical career began with drum lessons in 4th grade. Within a year he began asking for a keyboard and lessons. Influenced by his favorite progressive rock and jazz icons, Stephen soon gravitated towards classical piano studies and composition. At 17, his uncle Louis gave him an old Harmony guitar and with it he began exploring songwriting. “My aim with the guitar has always been to create something interesting that would support a good vocal melody”.
Stephen’s autobiographical movie A SynapTic Adventure: Tourette’s and Beyond won Best Emerging Documentary in the Bucks Fever Film Fest 2013. In it, Dijoseph tells the story of growing up in “the dark” as it were, trying to understand the strange urges, movements and compulsions that filled his childhood.
My intention here is to tell this story from an emotional perspective. I hope to convey a very relatable feeling to the viewer.”
Past Performances (partial)
- de first night DE
- clifford brown festival DE
- father folk festival PA
- lansdowne folk club PA
- bethlehem musikfest PA
- the knitting factory NY
- the living room NY
- maine public radio ME
- randolph music festival VT
- omega institute NY
- the bitter end NY
- The Painted Bride PA
- Puck Live PA
- new music festival PRAGUE
- new sessions DUBLIN
- the tin angel PA
- the point PA
- steele city coffee PA
- chaplin’s music cafe PA
- world cafe live PA
- de folk festival DE
- wesley college DE
- cooldog house concerts DE
- WXPN with Gene Shay
Awards and Nominations
♥ Winner – Best Emerging Documentary – Bucks Fever Film Fest 2013*
♥ Official Selection Bergenfield Film Festival 2014
♥ Official Selection for Screening at the 16th Annual Washington DC Indie FilmFestival 2014
♥ Comcast Xfinity – featured film
JP Folks International Music Awards
- JUST CHILL wins BEST AMBIENT album.
- Flyin’ from HYPNOTIZED was nominated for BEST SONG out of thousands of submissions alongside Bruce Springstein-guitarist Nils Lofgren in the male S/S category.
- URBAN CELTIC wins 2nd place for BEST CELTIC CD.
- PIANOPOETRY wins BEST INSTRUMENTAL CD.
- Flyin music video nominated for Best Video
JP Folks is the world’s largest Indie Music Organization with members such as Janis Ian and Nils Lofgren in over 60 countries around the world
- Top 500 Honorable Mention categories of the Annual Billboard World Song Contest for 4 songs from HYPNOTIZED
- Finalist, The Singer-Songwriter Awards
- Winner, Godfrey Daniel’s BETHLEHEM #MUSIKFEST contest
- Finalist, New Song Festival Song Contest
- Finalist, Susquehanna Music Festival Contest
- Interviewed on the WHYY/NPR talk show RADIOTIMES with Marty Moss-Coane discussing the “influence” of Tourette’s Syndrome on music and creativity
- Frequent guest on Philadelphia’s longest running folk radio program, The Gene Shay Show on WXPN
- Featured on PRI’s Echoes, syndicated on over 230 radio stations.
- OPENED for such notables as Jon Herrington ( Steely Dan ) Greg Brown, Peter Mulvey, Billy Jonas, Mad Pudding, Los Lobos …
What Others are Saying about Stephen DiJoseph
This is a nice thing (about Stephen’s guitar style)… when a guitarist can take such an old instrument and create such a NEW HYPNOTIC SPELL …
– John McEUEN,
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Words and music TALENTED singer-songwriter Stephen DiJoseph doesn’t make a big issue of having Tourette’s syndrome, so we won’t either. His new CD HYPNOTIZED highlights his low-key, prog-rock sound and jazzy folkways plus, his dynamite, swinging version of the Moody Blues ‘Nights in White Satin’.
– Michael Harrington,
Complex, bold, awe-inspiring performances and arrangements. The likes of which this listener has rarely witnessed.
– BrianAustin Whitney,
Founder, JP Folks International Music Network
…Strains of acoustic folk-rock, Beckish modernism, soft-pedal soul, and drum-‘n’-bass coalesce into a poetic and accessible collection of songs with an original flavor.
– Jon Sobel,
…a soulful voice …. mind-bending instrumentals that leave you feeling “like you found something you didn’t know you needed.”
– Charlotte Renner,
Host, Maine Things Considered