Miya Masaoka is a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and 2023 Rome Prize fellow. A composer, sound artist and musician, her work explores bodily perception of vibration, movement and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. She has created a body of work that encompasses interdisciplinary sound art, hybrid acoustic/electronic performance, improvisation, music composition, research, sound installations, listening, and interactive media. She creates instruments, three-dimensional scores, wearable computing, and sonifies the behavior of plants. She uses sound, gesture, temporality and diverse materials such as clay, ink, paint to create scores and installations.
Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, MoMA PS1, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Toronto Biennial, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, the ICA, PA and commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony, EMPAC and the Library of Congress. The BBC Scottish Orchestra, Jack Quartet, Bang on a Can, Del Sol, Dal Niente, Ostrava Days, S.E.M. Orchestra, Glasgow Choir, Either/Or Ensemble, Momenta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) have performed her work. She was a Studio Artist for the Park Avenue Armory, and has received a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Fulbright and an Alpert Award.
She is an Associate Professor at Columbia University and directs the Sound Art Program in Visual Arts. Her critical writing has been published by TDR (The Theater Review) including her essay, “The Vagina is the Third Ear,” and she has a forthcoming essay in an anthology edited by Douglas Kahn and Pia van Gelder.