Joe Wright began playing the saxophone in his early teens, and was soon playing across Scotland in various groups including the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. In 2007 he was awarded an entrance scholarship to study jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2011 with a First Class Honours Degree. His PhD research aims to create instruments with and for young people on the autistic spectrum that encourage a curiosity about sound, informed by his own experimental music practice.
Since graduating, Wright has recorded, performed and toured extensively across the UK in a variety jazz, experimental and improvising groups. He has also collaborated on installations, including the Dreamland exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in 2014. More recently his work has focused on exploratory improvisation, often using electronic systems to change the way in which he engages with the saxophone or saxophone-like instruments. Alongside this practice, he has also worked around the UK in performances for neurodiverse audiences. This has included tours with the internationally acclaimed theatre company Oily Cart, work as a sound designer, performer and musical director for sound/movement company aboutNOWish, and as a collaborator in neurodiverse theatre with Winston Churchill Fellow, Ellie Griffiths.