On a family trip to South Africa, Josie attended a concert of the Johannesburg Symphony. It was there that she fell in love with the violin. Upon returning to Colorado, she signed up for the school orchestra, and received her first violin. “My mom told me I was so happy I cried, and she’d never seen me do that before,” Josie recalls.
Throughout high school, Josie played with numerous orchestras including the semi-professional Boulder Philharmonic in Boulder, Colorado. Her goal was to become a violinist with the New York Philharmonic. That changed one night when she caught the Doobie Brothers playing “Black Water” and a revelation occurred. She saw that the violin can be used for more than classical music, and her world opened up.
Fast forward to the University of Denver, where Josie received her Bachelor of Music degree. It was there that she was introduced to jazz. Listening to the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty and Stephane Grapelli, she sought out opportunities to play jazz, but they were few and far between. When she met Tom, she was ready to try her hand at improvising. The timing and chemistry was right, and Josie’s style has evolved with the ensemble.
Today Josie performs with the progressive rock band The Coyote Poets of the Universe and the Frontera String Quartet in addition to Perpetual Motion. She performs with numerous Colorado artists as well as being an in demand studio musician. She teaches fiddle, blues fiddle, and improvisation at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, CO.