• The Lab: Duo concert: Miya Masaoka & Hans Tammen

    February 16, 2024
    Live Performance by Miya Masaoka (koto + computer, monochord) with Hans Tammen (synthesizer)
    The Lab, 2948 16th St.
    San Francisco, CA

  • Trio Brew: Reggie Workman, Gerry Hemingway, Miya Masaoka

    CD Release Party: Trio Brew: Reggie Workman, Bass; Gerry Hemingway, Drums, Miya Masaoka, Koto and Monochord
    Out Music Festival
    February 1 2024, 8:30pm
    Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, NYC

  • Stanford University, CCRMA solo Concert

    February 14, 2024
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Location: CCRMA Stage / CCRMA LIVE, Stanford University

    Miya Masaoka will present a selection of fixed media multichannel works and a live performance.
    FREE and Open to the Public.

  • Premiere: Spirals of Energy: Ghost Ensemble

    Commissioned by the Ghost Ensemble for composer Miya Masaoka
    Invisible Dog
    51 Bergen Street
    (between Smith St and Boerum Pl)
    Brooklyn, NY 11201 Brooklyn

  • DARA String Festival 2023

    DARA String Festival August 26-27
    Theater Im Delphi

    Bassgitarre: Farida Amadou
    Cello: Zoé Cartier
    Tar: Elshan Ghasimi
    Bühneninstallation: Anna Kubelik
    Koto & Elektronik: Miya Masaoka
    Bratsche & Geige: Joanna Mattrey, Grégoire Simon
    Geige & Stimme: Biliana Voutchkova

    Theater im Delphi gGmbH
    Gustav-Adolf-Str. 2
    13086 Berlin

  • Darmstadt, Germany. Open Studio Showcase: Katie Young and Olivia de Prato, Miya Masaoka

    6:30PM August 16
    Solo Violin and Electronics composed by Miya Masaoka, performed by Olivia de Prato
    Open Studio Showcase of Katherine Young, by invitation to Olivia de Prato and Miya Masaoka
    Ludwigshöhstaße 105, Darmstadt, Germany

  • Monumenta Ethereal : Still images, Rome, NYC

    This is a developing project in Rome, Italy…. More »

  • New Work for Mivos String Quartet, American Academy of Rome

    Thursday, June 8, 2023. Mivos Quartet, The Horizon Leans Forward
    American Academy in Rome: Open Studio
    Angelo Masina 5, Rome, Italy.

  • San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

    Thursday, May 11, 2023 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players: The Dust and the Noise for cello, violin, piano and percussion by Miya Masaoka
    7:00 pm ‘How Music is Made’ Pre-Concert Talk | 8:00 pm Concert | Post-concert Party
    Herbst Theatre, SF War Memorial, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
    TICKETS General: $35, Student: $15 (more…)

  • Olivia de Prato : Solo Violin, Miller Theater

    Tuesday, April 4, 2023
    Olivia de Prato Solo Violin CD Pop Up Concert, World Premiere Mapping a Joyful Path for solo violin by Miya Masaoka and works with other acclaimed composers: commissioned by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Free admission (more…)

  • MaertzMusik Berlin, Berliner Festspiele, Germany

    Sunday, March 26, 2023 The Imaginary Decolonized Space/Place for 3 Musicians and Sine Waves/Difference Tones composed by Miya Masaoka
    MaertzMusik Berliner Festispiele

    Final night The Imaginary Decolonized Space/Place

  • Solo Contrebasse at the American Academy in Rome, Italy

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6 pm. The Salon at the American Academy in Rome with contrabassist Dorian Jackman offering a recital of solo works by Bach, Hans Werner Henze, Stephen Scodanibbio, and Miya Masaoka on February 1, 2023. Via Angelo Masina 5, Rome, Italy

  • Houseplants and Extreme Weather Data Report: Warsaw, Poland

    Sunday, February 5, 2023 When I was Plant installation and talk 17:00 (5pm)
    Installation with Houseplants, EEG sensors, electronics, printed papers with extreme weather data, sound, human and plant interaction. Centrum Sztuki Włączającej / Teatr 21 Centrum Sztuki Włączającej / Władysława Skoczylasa 10/12, 03-465 Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland

  • William Parker CD Release

    William Parker, Miya Masaoka and other artists. Release 2022… More »

  • EMPAC: Talk: The Space Imaginary in Sound and Music: New Work for Violin and Sine Waves:

    Wednesday, November 7, 2022. 7pm : EMPAC premiere for violin and sine waves for the Wave Field Synthesis Array and virtuosic violinist Olivia de Prato. Talk: Multi-Dimensional Spatiality in the 15th Century and Now. On the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue / Troy, NY 12180 (more…)

  • BANG ON A CAN : Longplay 2022

    Sunday, May 1, 2022 1:15, Robert Black, solo contrebasse, Four Moons of Pluto composed by Miya Masaoka. Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • Governors Island, Harvestworks Residency and Commission. Building 10a, Nolan Park, Soft opening June 2022

    Resonant frequencies meet parabolic surfaces made from clay of the earth, animals of the sea, and met with the activity of human toil. (more…)


    August 25-27, 7pm, 2021 OSTRAVA DAYS 2021 BANDA II: MIYA MASAOKA: THE ENERGY BURNS FROM WITHIN for orchestra, conducted by Petr Kotik. Triple Hall Karolina, Music of Today Festival, 11th Bienale, Ostrava Center for New Music, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Masaoka Talks and Meetings August 22-28

  • Seeking a Sense of Somethingness (out of nothingness) TIME : SPANS FESITVAL 2021

    TIME : SPANS 2021: EMPAC WAVE Field Synthesis Showcase: 3D compositions by Miya Masaoka, Nina Young, Bora Yoon, Pamela Z. Thursday August 12 to Monday August 16. The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street, NY, NY

  • New Noh Opera “Long Arc of Time” (postponed due to Covid)

    New Noh Opera “Long Arc of Time” scheduled for Ostrava NOVO Opera Festival in the Czech Republic 2021 has unfortunately been cancelled.… More »

  • The Boccaccio Project “Intuit (a way to stay in this world)”

    Intuit (a way to stay in this world) Library of Congress commission as part of The Boccaccio Project. For solo cello. Kathryn Bates of Del Sol, June 2020. Duration: 3 minutes. Composed by Miya Masaoka in strict quarantine in New York City 2020…. More »

  • When I Was A Plant v. 2 (Spanish Speaking plant, with climate data)

     2019 Toronto Biennale, Main Exhibition space
    November 14-December 1, 2019, curated by Myung-Sun Kim and Maiko Tanaka.

  • When I Was A Plant v. 2 (Spanish Speaking plant, with climate data)

     2019 Toronto Biennale, Main Exhibition space November 14-December 1, 2019, curated by Myung-Sun Kim and Maiko Tanaka. The plant  is “speaking,” or expressing the voice of living things, which might otherwise be construed as silent, mute, and passive. The response of the plant and its root system in real time is a manifestation, metaphor of… More »

  • When I Was a Plant (for multiple plants + performers)

    November 14, 2019. Artist Talk, Post Vocal Performance, Tellings, Toronto Biennial.

  • I Am A Plant (response in image + sound)

    Materials:  philodendron, electronics, wire, video, sound, human interaction. Gutenberg Sound Art Academy, Mainz University, Germany, August, 2019. (more…)

  • Singing River So To Speak*

    July 6, 2019
    Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada
    Ensemble Evolution; Commissioned work, conducted by Steve Schick; flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, percussion,  violin, viola, cello. 
    *based on the poem by Maya Angelou, “On The Pulse of Morning”

  • Listen Ahead traffic signs

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  • Solar Wind

    Joelle Leandre (contrabasse), Rober Dick (flutes) and Miya Masaoka (koto) TRIO… More »

  • Listen Ahead: Ear Hut

    Listen Ahead consists of a series of traffic signs, and the Ear Hut, a small structure that is designed to privilege the ear over the eye, or the sense of listening over sight. (more…)

  • O Plant!

    detail. Houseplant, electronics, wire, wood. sound… More »

  • Partial Eclipse for String Quartet (workshop version)

    Stephanie Griffin vla, Alex Shozaki Vln, Rachell Wong Vln, Michael Haas, Cello Roulette, NY… More »

  • Transient Memories

    Fridman Gallery, 2018 Materials: Glass bottles, electronics, sound… More »

  • O Plant!

    New work installation with plants and human interaction, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art,  Fall, 2018… More »

  • Spectacle Exotic – A film short by Miya Masaoka

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  • Adventures of the Solitary Bee

    The Adventures of the Solitary Bee is a quasi documentary by Miya Masaoka. The work was part of a constellation of works in the mid to late nineties, where the artist used social insects noted for their social behavior and their natural insect More »

  • MZM Trio: Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, Miya Masaoka

    Ten improvised pieces from three of the most innovative instrumentalists at work today. More »

  • Hiko Hiko alternative persona

    Hiko Hiko is a time traveler, a shamanistic figure of a non specific gender and non specific race.  They sometimes wear kimono rags and clothes embedded with percussion and tin cans trailing behind.   Hiko Hiko is said to journey to distant planets, to ancient Japan, to contemporary Harlem, and is known to make unannounced appearances… More »

  • Tilt

    20th Anniversary of Other Minds Festival…. More »

  • Heliotropism for Large Ensemble

    Performed at New Music On the Point, Vermont; Zack Di Lello, trumpet, Jessie Nucho, flute,  Brian Stuligross, violin, Cindy Lan, viola, Louise King, Cello, Will Yager, contrabass, Cole Blouin, guitar, Alec Whiting, bowed and fingered koto

  • The Long Arc of Time

    The Long Arc of Time, a new intermedia Noh opera composed, produced and directed by Miya Masaoka; poet Tracie Morris was commissioned to write the story and libretto Grey: A Tale of Time;

  • The Movement of Things

    City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland, More »

  • While I Was Walking, I Heard A Sound…

    Conducted by Robert Geary.  Performed by Volti, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, The San Francisco Chorale Society, and soloists. Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on the occasion of their 10th anniversary…. More »

  • Network Of Energy

    Composed by Miya Masaoka, performed by Masaoka, koto, Mark Dresser, Bass, Stephanie Richards, Trumpet, Madison Greenstone, clr, Kjell Nordeson, Percussion, Sean Dowgray, Percussion, Andrew Drury, Percussion. Performed at the San Diego Art Museum, November, 2015 More »

  • Slivering

    The RPI Orchestra (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) conducted by Nicolas de Masion; recording and reading of Slivering, 2018… More »

  • Vaginated Chairs

    MoMA PS1, April 1, 2018 In “Vaginated Chairs”- the vagina is a site for perception, for new ways of listening and perceiving, and, as Masaoka argues, is the Third Ear. Come sit on our humming and vibrating chairs, each tuned to a specific frequency and made into a kind of loud speaker. Some participants will… More »

  • Vaginated Chairs, Kunstmuseum Bonn

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  • A Line Becomes A Circle, a new chamber Noh opera

    A new chamber opera composed by Miya Masaoka and performed by Makiko Sakurai (Shomyo), Ann Moss (Soprano), Chris Nappi (Percussion), Miya Masaoka (Koto) Roulette, 2017 More »

  • A Long Way To F#

    A Long Way to F# is a physical metaphor for over lives that at times resemble noise, chaos and undifferentiated existence, but that eventually focus onto a sharp moment of clarity. There will also be a 12 minute version available for listeners during certain hours each day…. More »

  • Four Moons of Pluto for 1 to 5 contrebasse players

    For double bass, from 1 to 5 players.  James Ilgenfritz. First performance, The Stone, 2015.  James has performed this piece many times all over the world.  It was recorded on Innova Records (Triangle of Resistance)  and also Infrequent Seams (Origami Cosmos) by James Ilgenfritz. A 5 bass player configuration was first performed at New Music… More »

  • Channeling Scelsi:  with Italian channeler Carlo Costa.

    Channeling Scelsi:  with Italian channeler Carlo Costa.
    This new work is an interpretation of Scelsi’s 1965 composition Ygghur originally written for cello.  Performed on two 13 string kotos by Akiko Sasaki and Miya Masaoka.
  • Sound Corridors at the Knockdown Center

    Multi-channel installation in cavernous space in Brooklyn, New York…. More »

  • Other Mountain

    2′ Excerpt:  Other Mountain Performed by the La Jolla Symphony. A reading sponsored by Earshot and the Center for Jazz Studies, La Jolla Symphony, San Diego. Conducted by Steven Schick. Other Mountain is inspired from an experience in 2011 near a lake on the other side of Fukushima,Japan, the location of the 2011 tsunami and… More »

  • The Dust and the Noise

    piano, percussion, violin, cello, conducted by Richard Carrick… More »

  • The Chattering of Life

    for string quartet and improvising trio 5′ excerpt The Chattering of Life… More »

  • Survival

    Jennifer Choi, vln, Esther Noh, vln, David Wallace, vla, Alex Waterman, cello. Performed at Roulette ‘Survival excerpt 5′… More »

  • The Long Road

    A piece in the evening – length work Triangle of Resistance string quartet, percussion, koto, analog modular synthesis… More »

  • A Crack in Your Thoughts

    Koto, Laser Koto and electronics, The Walk Art Center Gallery, 2012 A Crack In Your Thoughts Excerpt… More »

  • Warsaw

    Warsaw, excerpt gestures, violin, cello, 2 vocalists, video projections, koto, violin, cello, 2 vocalists… More »

  • Stemming

    Stemming for 1-4 players  bows, string instrument, processing  … More »

  • Swimming Through Madness

    Duo for two 13 string kotos. With Akiko Sasaki, Miya Masaoka, The Stone and Roulette… More »

  • Jagged Pyramid

    Scored for open instrumentation… More »

  • Movement Research

    A commission working with Chinese Checkers, Movement Research and Steve Paxton. Performed at Judson Church, New York City… More »

  • Plants Derail Model Train

    The culture of the Cold War spawned many small laboratories with independent researchers and offshoot government agencies. Free-lance engineers and ESP (extra sensory perception) investigators conducted experiments with plants and tried to use plants’ unique electrical response in espionage, long distance communication, including ways of apprehending terrorists by using plants to sense stress levels of… More »

  • LED Kimono Project

    Custom designed and built responsive wearable electronics, electronics, reader, dancer.  See LED KIMONO project website. LED KIMONO Excerpt  LED responds movement, sound.   Miya Masaoka, koto and dress design, Mariko Drew, Dance, Arnold Davidson, reader.  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago…. More »

  • Off A Craggy Cliff

    For two telematic ensembles, of open, unspecified instrumentation. Performed by Rennsselaer Polytecnic  Ensemble (RPI) led by Pauline Oliveros and Stanford University Ensemble led by Chris Chaffe…. More »

  • The Butterfly’s Logic

    4 percussionists, amplified metal percussion… More »

  • Balls

    piano, Disclavier, ping-pong balls.  Commissioned by Kathleen Supove, Flea Theater, New York City… More »

  • Pieces For Plants (performance and installation)

    Early Version  at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.  An Interactive installation for Philodendrom, electrodes, computer… More »

  • Things in an Open Field

    Things in An Open Field Laser Koto and electronics. Redcat Theater, Los Angeles, 2006… More »

  • Chironomy

    5 players in 2 groups. clarinet, vocalist, synthesizer in group 1, 2 computers in Group 2, streaming audio and projected video of childrens’ hands gesturing… More »

  • KOTO

    Solo 21 String Koto and tape written for Alonzo King and Lines. Premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco More »

  • Inner Koto

        Inner Koto:  Multi-channel work commissioned by Engine 27 and Harvestworks…. More »

  • For Birds, Planes and Cello

    cello, field recording (tape)… More »

  • Koto In the Sky

    Laser Beams reach across the alley way in San Francisco, with participants waving broomsticks on on fire escapes to trigger sounds…. More »

  • What is the Sound of Naked (Asian) Men?

    8 musicians and streaming brain wave data, video projection, performed by SF Sound ensemble More »

  • The Bee Projects (1996-2001)

    Cell Space, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival  2000 8 channel (a-dat) Recorded bee sounds spatialized with early software (C sound), speakers in a large circle. (to be  linked in Review section)  Review: Classical Voice: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC REVIEW Electronic Music, A Blast, A Vision May 5, 2000   By Thomas Goss Give some people an amp, and they can’t… More »

  • It Creeps Along

    Bang on a Can Allstars:  Clarinet, cello, guitar, percussion, bass, piano, Laser Koto (gestural controller) People’s Commissioning Fund  … More »

  • Thinking Sound

    There were many version of this piece.  Brain data output was sonified and  processed with signal processing.  IBVA (Interactive Brain Visualization Software) developed by Masahiro Kohata. Piece composed by Miya Masaoka.  (Brain output from various participants, including Saimin Li).  The ensemble SFsound perfomed the piece at Yerba Buena Center Gardens…. More »

  • Music For Mouths

    4 saxophones… More »

  • Dark Passages

    Music composed by Miya Masaoka, Libretto by Thulani Davis, Directed by Ellen Chang. A multimedia oratorio with readers, actual activists and resistors, string quartet, Buddhist chanters, actors, projected slides, video. Ruminations on Japanese American concentration camp survivors and WW II wtih Buddhist chanters, live ensemble, video and still projections, archival footage and actors/readers.  Dar Passages… More »

  • What Is the Difference Between Stripping and Playing the Violin?

    Creative orchestra and tape…. More »

  • Twenty-Four Thousand Years is Forever

    Chamber orchestra and tape; 2 shengs, 2 saxophones, clarinet, percussion, 2 violins, cello, bass, koto (1997). Commissioned by Asian ImprovArts, in commemoration of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The recording of this piece is included in the CD…. More »

  • Bee Project #1-6

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  • Ritual for Giant Hissing Madagascar Cockroaches

    For performer, laser beams, interactive software, cockroaches. (Roaches’ movement interrupts sensors triggering audio samples of their hissing sounds) (1995-98) Ritual For Hissing Madagascar Cockroaches excerpt… More »

  • Unearthed/Unbound

    Solo 21 string koto commission from Jill Togawa solo dance; Symphony Space, 18th St., Los Angeles. 1993. Recorded on Compositions/Improvisations 1994… More »