THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Miya Masaoka
Re-imaging Sound, Perception and the Vagina: The Vagina Is the Third Ear
Miya Masaoka resides in New York City and is a classically trained musician, composer and sound artist. She has created works chamber ensembles, symphonic orchestra, mixed choirs, telematic performances and she has designed interactive wearable textiles. She has composed pieces using spatialization, sonification of data, mapped behavior of plants, brain activity and insect movement. The Wire publication calls her work, “virtuosic, magnificient…essential.” Her works have been presented at the Venice Biennale, Park Ave Armory, the Fridman Gallery, Merkin Hall, ICA Pennsylvania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and many others. Awards include the Doris Duke Award, the Alpert Award, Gerbode, Asian Cultural Council, the MAP Fund, Montalvo Residency and The Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle.
She has collaborated and worked with many leading artists including Pharoah Sanders, Pauline Oliveros, Toshiko Akiyoshi (Both Oliveros and Akiyoshi have written pieces for her), Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Christian Wolff, Henry Brandt, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Vijay Iyer and Gerry Hemingway, Myra Melford and Zeena Parkins. She has recently recorded a duo recording with Anthony Braxton. She is a Fulbright Fellow for Japan 2016, She has been a faculty member of the Milton Avery MFA Sound/Music Department at Bard College since 2003 and has taught composition at NYU and is currently the Director of Sound Arts MFA program at Columbia University. She is currently writing an orchestra piece for the Glasgow Orchestra.