Artists Studio: Miya Masaoka

“Masterful and conceptually restless koto player Miya Masaoka has made it her business to usher the Japanese instrument into contemporary contexts, combining respect for tradition with new musical applications.”
Los Angeles Times

A prolific and consistently experimental composer, improviser, and performer, Miya Masaoka has developed a legendary reputation in New York and in global jazz and avant-garde circles with her compositions that expand on our understanding of sound. A longtime explorer of the intersection of technology and music-making, her practice includes performances with interactivity in her ongoing considerations of temporality and perception. The multifaceted artist premieres The Long Arc of Time, a new chamber work that draws from the music and unique rhythm of Noh and Shomyo (Buddhist chant). Developed with Noh actors and musicians from Japan and celebrated soprano Kamala Sankaram, the work ruminates on loss, rebirth, and transcendence and contemporizes the disruption of reality while challenging our senses in a new and radical way. This libretto is based on poet Tracie Morris’s Grey: A Tale of Time, and was commissioned by Masaoka for this occasion.


The Artists Studio is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

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March 13, 2019

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