The American studies department is sponsoring a concert featuring experimental musician Miya Masaoka on Thursday, March 6. Masaoka will perform pieces using koto and lasers and will also perform a new piece titled “You’re in My Radar.” A short Q & A session will follow the concert.
Masaoka is a classically trained composer, musician and installation artist who resides in New York City. She has created works for the response of plants, the movement of insects, multi-channel sound installations, and she has designed responsive wearable computer textiles.
Her lengthy list of accomplishments and achievements include the following: Her works have been performed by the Bang on a Can Allstars, So Percussion, VOLTI, the San Francisco Choral Society, Alonzo King, Joan Jenrenaud (formerly of the Kronos Quartet), Ensemble Either/Or, and the La Jolla Symphony. Her works have been presented at the Miller Theater (New York), the Venice Biennale (Italy), IRCAM (France), and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Masaoka has worked with Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Henry Brant, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Pauline Oliveros, Larry Ochs, Vijay Iyer, and Fred Frith. Toshiko Akiyoshi has written a piece for her, and she has been a special guest of the Berkeley Symphony. She is the recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Award, the Alpert Award in the Arts, the Map Fund, the NEA, and the Asian Cultural Council’s Japan Fellowship Award.
The concert takes place Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall and it is free and open to the public. American studies is sponsoring the event along with contributions from Music, Asian Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mosaic Center. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.