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Short Documentary Film
“Joshua Messick is one of a handful of new, young virtuoso hammered dulcimer players emerging from around the country. He is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and continues to grow and mature as an exceptional talent. His skill on the instrument doesn’t begin and end with his technical proficiency. He has an amazing sense for composition and has written, and continues to write, beautiful passages that specifically highlight the unique qualities and strengths of the hammered dulcimer. Joshua is a player who understands the power of the space between the notes and has the ability to transform a solo piece into a symphonic experience.” Jerry Read Smith, Master Hammered Dulcimer Luthier
“I thought I had seen everything. Then, I came upon Joshua Messick bringing a gorgeous hammered dulcimer to life. His ability to pull both gentle beauty and edgy power out of this instrument is astounding. And his ear is impeccable. I had no idea that a hammered dulcimer player could be a rockstar.” BJ Leiderman – Theme Composer, NPR
“Messick is a composer and arranger of the highest caliber, skills that only accentuate his mastery of the hammered dulcimer, not take away from his playing in any way. Few people can write or play at the level he does, and even fewer can do both during their musical careers. Messick’s music is well-written, carefully arranged and performed at a world-class level.” Matthew Warnock