• John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 2021

    April 2021: Guggenheim fellowship Miya has been named one of the awardees of the 2021 John S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Musical Composition, given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts. For a full list of 2021 awardees, see here…. More »

  • EMPAC COMMISSION 2021

    Masaoka has been awarded a commission to compose a new work for the legendary EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array, a system endowed with an unbelievable number of 558-channel discrete loudspeakers…. More »

  • New Noh Opera “Long Arc of Time” Cancelled

    New Noh Opera “Long Arc of Time” scheduled for Ostrava NOVO Opera Festival in the Czech Republic 2021 has unfortunately been cancelled. https://vimeo.com/520686622… 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 »

  • Allgemeine_Zeitung_Mainz_Seite_15

    2019-08-24_Allgemeine_Zeitung_Mainz_Seite_15… 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. 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. https://torontobiennial.org/programs/miya-masaoka-sonifying-the-plants/… More »

  • 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. The symbiotic co-evolution of plants with insects, birds, and parasites resulted in a heightened sensitivity to interaction to other species, and is – in part – revealed in this interactive piece. Additionally, recent research indicates plants communicate with… More »

  • Cubistics, a 3-dimensional score for audience mental mapping and musicians

    Cubistics is a composition for audience mental mapping and musicians by Miya Masaoka. This piece requires audience participation. The audience is requested to follow the mental mapping of a 3-dimensional shape — that of a cube — along with the musicians. 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”… More »