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Composer Curator: Miya Masaoka

Monday, June 27, 2022, 7 pm (NYC)
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Chat live with Miya and her guest creatives


Composer Curator

Patricia Alessandrini | James Fei | Miya Masaoka | Guillermo Galindo

Get the inside story through performance and conversation with host composer & sound artist Miya Masaoka for a peek into her creative process and that of composers she has invited to join her - Patricia Alessandrini, James Fei and Guillermo Galindo. Performance examples, insightful questions and compelling comments stimulate deeper listening and expand horizons for composers, performers and audiences.

Tune in for the YouTube presentation on Monday, June 27 at 7pm (NYC) for her Composer Curator event and chat live with Miya, Patricia, James and Guillermo.

Miya Masaoka is an American composer and sound artist. Her work explores bodily perception of vibration, movement and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. In 2018 she joined the Columbia University Visual Arts Department as an Associate Professor, where she is the director of the Sound Art Program, a joint program with the Computer Music Center. A 2019 Studio Artist for the Park Avenue Armory, Masaoka has also received the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013, a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan in 2016, and an Alpert Award in 2003. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, MoMA PS1, Kunstmuseum Bonn, and the Park Avenue Armory. She has been commissioned by and collaborated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Glasgow Choir, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can, Jack Quartet, Del Sol, Momenta and the S.E.M. Ensemble. She has a 2019 commission for an outdoor installation at the Caramoor, Katonah, New York.

To read more about the Composer Curator initiative and past events in the series:

June IMPACT Sessions

Alex Shapiro Charles Norman Mason

Alex Shapiro
Thursday, June 23

Charles Norman Mason
Thursday, June 30
All IMPACT events are FREE
Watch HERE
Composers Now launched IMPACT in December 2020. Each installment in this series offers a composer the opportunity to reflect on one's creativity, influences, pathways, and responsibility as a living artist in our ever-changing world. Designed for the virtual space, every session shares a composer's essential thoughts directly with you, the audience, in the safety and comfort of your own place.
These commentaries, interwoven with performance videos and other materials, articulate a creator's IMPACT.

Miya Masaoka Awarded 2022 Rome Prize

Miya Masaoka
photo by Heike Liss

Composers Now Distinguished Mentor Miya Masaoka was awarded the 2022 Rome Prize in Music Composition.  This highly competitive fellowship supports advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year, the gift of "time and space to think and work" was awarded to thirty-eight American and four Italian artists and scholars. They will each receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board at the Academy's eleven-acre campus on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, starting in September 2022.

"This year's Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows represents the diversity of the United States, and their projects build on the Academy's commitment to the global impact of the arts and humanities," said Mark Robbins, AAR President and CEO. "These fellowships are transformative, and we look forward to seeing the ways this experience is translated in the work to come."

Click here to see the full list of winners and fellows.

Composers Now is featuring Miya Masaoka as the host of the next Composer Curator event on June 27.  Click here to purchase digital access.

In Memoriam, Ingram Marshall

Ingram Marshall
Composer and beloved teacher Ingram Marshall died on May 31 at the age of 80. 
As early as the 1970s, Marshall's compositions were radically his own. Apart from the singular Fog Tropes for brass ensemble and ambient sounds around San Francisco Bay, he developed and performed a series of "live electronic" pieces such as Fragility CyclesGradual Requiem and Alcatraz in which he blended tape collages, extended vocal techniques, Indonesian flutes and keyboards.
Writing in New York Magazine, Justin Davidson captured the elements that set Marshall's music apart:
"To reach the music of Ingram Marshall, turn left at minimalism, right at electronica and keep going until just before you reach avant-garde. Marshall occupies a one-man lot on the contemporary music landscape. Or maybe it's more accurate to say that he creates his own musical landscapes – mists, mysterious places that afford moments of strange lucidity."
The common thread among the materials and techniques Marshall used is simplicity. His early study of Indonesian gamelan music proved a strong influence, heard in the slowed-down sense of time and use of melodic repetition found in many of his works. In some solo works with live electronics, melodic lines are looped through digital delay to create beguiling sonic auras. His vocal works feature early American psalms that Marshall developed using the centuries-old technique of canon.
It is fitting to close by sharing this video of Flow, Marshall's recent concerto for piano and chamber orchestra, performed at the 2021 Ojai Music Festival by soloist Timo Andres, who studied with Marshall at Yale and remained close to the composer. The conductor is Marshall's dear friend John Adams.