Joan Wasser’s musical life has spanned many albums, bands, collaborations and genres. She picked up the violin in public school when she was 8, soaked up Stevie Wonder and the Jackson5 on the AM radio before catching the bus to school and ended up studying classically through college.
Consumed by the punk rock/ new wave scene, her first live shows were The Bad Brains and Black Flag when she was 14, Adam and the Ants and Siouxsie and the Banshees when she was 15.
Capitalizing on these diverse beginnings, she eventually joined, recorded and toured with The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and recorded and played with countless others.
Joan As Police Woman began in 2003 when she realized that when she picked up the guitar, she was able to sing and write songs. Since then, she’s released 4 albums of originals, one album of covers, toured the world many times over and generally fell in love with recording and songwriting. Recently she’s begun producing and writing for other artists and is in the middle of recording her 5th album as JAPW.
She has a collaborative project with Benjamin Lazar Davis called “Let It Be You” that uses Central African Republic Pygmy people’s flute ostinatos as the basis for pop songs.