News Briefs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • 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 other species of plants sharing resources of water and warning of unfriendly fungi, insects and other environmental information.  Masaoka has been integrating plants into her art performances and installations since the late 1990’s.

  • 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 »

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  • JACK Quartet, Premiere: Partial Eclipse

    April 30, 2019, 8:00 PM
    Gould Memorial Library Rotunda
    2155 University Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10453

    Works for String Quartet by Chris Otto, rags for 3 string quartets (2 pre-recorded and 1 live)
    Miya Masaoka, Partial Eclipse, commissioned by Jack Quartet (Premiere of Final Version)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/378286372779047/

  • • As a 2019  Park Avenue Armory Studio Artist,  Miya Masaoka work The Long Arc of Time will be presented  March 13, 2019. Inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler and together with her collaborators – Noh actors and musicians from Japan – she creates a work that is deeply felt through the music and… More »

  • • Miya Masaoka is creating a new sound installation for Caramoor Innovations in Sound 2019 near Katonah, New York… More »

  • • In July, 2018, Miya was at Darmstadt for the first time, participating in two panels called, “Architecture,” and another on Diaspora and Sound. She also had a film short screened…. More »

  • • Miya Masaoka at Montalvo Artist Residency:  For three weeks in August, 2018, Miya resided in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains, at the Montalvo Artist Residency. This was a treasured gift to have focussed time to work, create and share ideas with other residents, including Hans Tammen, Dafna Naftali and others.  … More »