Miya Masaoka is an American composer, sound artist and musician. She has created a body of work that encompasses interdisciplinary sound art, hybrid acoustic/electronic performance, New Noh operas, choirs, mapping movement of insects, sound installations, performance art, works instigating new and varied modes of working that involve listening, strategies of improvisation, and insinuating an identity that reveals the body, inner workings of plants, and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.
A 2019 Studio Artist for the Park Avenue Armory, she received the Doris Duke Artist Award, a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan in 2016 for advanced research, and an Alpert Award in 2003. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, MoMA PS1, Kunstmuseum Bonn, and ICA, Philadelphia. Her work was present by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BOAC People’s Commissioning Grant, Evolutionary Ensemble (ICE) Bang on a Can, Jack Quartet, Del Sol, Momenta, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Alonzo King and Lines, and a New Noh Opera at NOVO Festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2021. She was recently commissioned by the Library of Congress.
Her work has been informed by studying with teachers, and collaborating with colleagues from varying disciplines and spectrums across categories, such as Gagaku, Suenobu Togi, Noh, Hiza Uzawa, and performing and collaborating with Pauline Oliveros, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Pharoah Sanders, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Christian Wolff, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, Zeena Parkins, Jolle Leandre, Myra Melford, and Robert Dick.
Her work explores bodily perception of vibration, movement and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. She is an Associate Professor and the director of the MFA Sound Art Program at Columbia University.