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. Masaoka will perform a number of new works with her close collaborators and colleagues, including the premiere of Songs of Lost Dreams, a new work written for soprano Kamala Sankaram and percussionist Chris Nappi. The Momenta Quartet will perform Survival, along with guest violinist Clara Kim, and bassists Robert Black, James Ilgenfritz, Shayna Dulberger, and Zach Rowden join to perform Four Moons of Pluto. Masaoka will also perform her work Don’t Kill Plants (Leaves are Murder, Meat is Murder). The program concludes with a performance of States of Being, States of Becoming by S.E.M. Ensemble, with Petr Kotik conducting.

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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

Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm
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