Joseph Bowie (St. Louis, Missouri, 1953) worked between 1973 –76 with Cecil Taylor, Human Arts Ensemble, Leroy Jenkins, Stanley Cowell, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman & many more jazz personalities in New York. In 1976 he moved briefly to Chicago where he became a Rhythm & Blues specialist, leading bands for Tyrone Davis and other R& B artists. Returning to NYC in 1978 Joseph began working with Punk/funk artist James Chance and soon became a fixture on the new wave scene in NY. Defunkt was born during that time. During the next 25 years, Defunkt has recorded 15 CD’s. In 2003, Joseph moved residence to Holland where he is developing new musical relationships.