J Diaz is a Sound Artist currently based in Spokane, WA. He designs sound for a variety of mediums—including theatre, dance, and the concert stage. J's concert music has been performed by the woodwind quintet The City of Tomorrow, members of Roomful of Teeth, Grammy award winning bassist and Bang on a Can All Star Gregg August, violinists Jennifer Choi and Fung Chern Hwei, pianist Stephen Gosling, cellist Yves Dharamraj, and other New York City musicians. Over the past few years, J has collaborated on numerous projects with theatre and dance companies located across the continental United States and has even worked internationally. He designed and composed sound for "MESSIAH", a dance work premiered in Ghana in 2017 with the Accra Theatre Workshop. The adaption included choreography by Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, electronics, and contemporary pop and Afro-beat music. During his tenure in New York, J completed projects with the RadioTheatre Company, Poetic Theatre Productions, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and Wide Eyed Productions, where he served as the Resident Sound Designer from 2014 - 2017. After leaving New York to pursue opportunities on the west coast, J was appointed Assistant Sound Designer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer of 2015. He served as the Assistant Sound Designer for the world premier of Lynn Nottage's "Sweat". In May of 2017, J released his debut album of electroacoustic music, Sic Pilot. The album explores the ambiguity in J's Mexican American identity.
J holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in piano from DePauw University ('13). He studied piano with Dr May Phang and composition with Veronica Pejril and Dr Scott Perkins. He holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts ('17) where he studied with Dr John Mallia, Dr Michael Early, and Dr Jonathan Bailey Holland. In fall of 2017, J will begin an MA in composition at The University of Sheffield.