Juna Winston, an avid proponent of avant-garde and experimental contemporary music, has been actively performing this repertoire since 2008, when he first presented Kyle Johnson's concert-length work for trombone and multimedia, I used to think my Dad was Elvis. I haven't told him that, yet. I haven't told my dad, either., at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland College Park. Since then, he has continued to champion experimental works for trombone, both established and unknown, and has been active in commissioning and premiering new pieces by emerging composers.
Currently active in central Europe, he performs regularly with Klangforum Wien and Collegium Novum Zurich. With those groups, he has performed at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Wien Modern Festival, the Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik, and the Zurich Tage fur Neue Musik. He has also performed with Ensemble zone experimentale from the Hochschule fur Musik in Basel where he studied with Mike Svoboda. Prior experience includes performing at the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival and on the Praecepta concert series at the same institution. At Boston University, he was a member of the Time's Arrow ensemble and performed with the resident new music ensemble Alea III. He participated in the IMPULS festival in Graz, Austria, in 2013, where he studied with Mike Svoboda, and in the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2013. As a chamber musician, he has performed with riverrun and the Key Ensemble, the latter of which was selected to perform at the College Music Society's National Conference in 2013 in Cambridge, MA. He has also performed with the Great Noise Ensemble in Washington, D.C., and the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble.
Juna feels strongly about expanding the trombone’s traditional vocabulary and many of the pieces he commissions and performs reflect that. He has performed pieces from many wide-ranging aesthetics that push the boundaries of the trombone’s aural identity. From the deconstruction of the trombonists’ technique in Aaron Cassidy’s Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking to the theatricality of Mauricio Kagel’s Atem, he champions repertoire committed to exploring the sonic resources of his instrument. In addition to performing pieces that require the trombone to performed differently or in various states of assemblage, Juna also performs on related instruments, including alto trombone, bass trumpet, didgeridoo, and shofar, and is very active as an improviser. The world of free improvisation offers a wonderful laboratory for the exploration of these instruments and a forum for interacting with other musicians and composers all engaged in the same processes. He has performed with many improvising troupes and collectives, including the Combustible Arts Ensemble, the Black Swamp Underground, and the Entropy Ensemble in Bowling Green, and Beasts of Improvisation on Parade in Boston.