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Fri, Feb 16 2024 8:00 PM

Miya Masaoka with Hans Tammen

Whether recording inside physical objects or inside a plant or the human body, composer and artist Miya Masaoka creates sonic incongruencies that feed the paradox of our contemporary condition.

Working with themes that explore the Anthropocene, the biological and physiological response of plants to human and non-human environments, and interspecies communications via sound and technology, Masaoka performs a live set at The Lab with Koto, electronics, and electric monochord. On this occasion, she is joined on stage by Hans Tammen, who uses textures, timbre, and dynamics as primary elements in his music. Tammen performs regularly with prepared and microtonal guitars, Buchla Music Easel, Blippoo Box chaos synthesizer, and softwares of his own design.

Miya Masaoka is a Guggenheim and Rome Prize-winning composer, performer, and installation artist. Her work explores the natural world, bodily perception of vibration, movement, and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. In 2018 she joined the Columbia University Visual Arts Department as an Associate Professor, where she is the director of the Sound Art Program, a joint program with the Computer Music Center.

Hans Tammen is an acclaimed musician and professor at School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and NYU. His work has been presented in festivals nationally and internationally, and he has recorded on labels such as Clang, Innova, and ESP-DISK, among others. Selected grants and commissions include NewMusicUSA, Chamber Music America, and MAPFund.