News Briefs

  • 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.

  • Keynote Talk: The Space Imaginary in Sound and Music, ZHDK Switzerland

    Mach 7, 2023, 15:00
    Miya delivers a keynote speech, “The Space Imaginary in Sound and Music” at the Academy ZHDK in Zürich, Switzerland.
    This is talk is based on experiences working at EMPAC, informal conversations, and researching at the Accademy of Rome, Italy during 2022-23.

    Zurich University of the Arts
    Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zurich

  • Myra Melford, Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins, Pierre Boulez Saal

    Saturday, May 3, 2023. Myra Melford, Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins MZM Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, German 19 :00 Improvised Music and Jazz… 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

  • Nuova Consonanza, invited judge for music competition award, Rome, Italy

    December 10, 2022. Nuova Consonanza. Mattatoio La Pelanda
    piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4 Rome, Italy
    Winners of the Competition for Nuova Consonanza will be announced, Miya Masaoka and 2 other judges will be introduced.

  • Grammy Nomination 2022, Jane Ira Bloom: Best Immersive Audio Album with guests

    Grammy Nomination 2022, 65th Annual Grammy Awards: Jane Ira Bloom: Best Immersive Audio Album: Picturing the Invisible – Focus 1. Mastering Engineers Morten Lindberg, Ulrike Schwarz, Jane Ira Bloom – Clarinets, Miya Masaoka, Koto, Mark Helias, Bass and others… More »

  • Peripheries: Harvard University, Center for the Study of World Religions

    Inner Sounds: an essay by Miya Masaoka and other artists Peripheries: work that explores the interstices between discourses, traditions, languages, forms, and genres. Harvard University, World Religions a Journal of words and images. Issue 5. Published January, 2023.… 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

  • 10,000 Tones for PEACE Benefit Arts for Arts

    Friday, March 18, 2022, 10,000 Tones for PEACE Benefit 7pm The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
    Miya Masaoka One String, Ned Rothenburg – Reeds, 50 musicians and dancers NY, NY 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002


    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

  • 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.


    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” (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 »

  • 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…)

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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)

  • • 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 »