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Miya Masaoka Calendar

Issue Project Room

June 2, 2017

22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Duo:   Chris Pitsiokos & Miya Masaoka

  • Phone: (718) 330-0313

University of Montreal, Canada

June 1, 2017

Memorial for Pauline Oliveros concert

Details TBA

Vision Festival 2017

May 30, 2017

Vision Festival:  String Stories

Miya Masaoka, koto, Joelle Leandre, bass, Robert Dick, Flutes

Details TBA

Roulette A Shomyo-Noh chamber opera reading

May 10,  2017  Roulette    509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA

A Line Becomes A Circle: A Shomyo-Noh chamber opera reading composed by Miya Masaoka, Libretto: Shiki Masaoka (1867-1902)

Masaoka’s Shomyo-Noh chamber opera, with text from Haiku fragments of the dying poet, Shiki Masaoka, is both sparse and rich; a weaving of bel canto opera with Shomyo and Noh vocalizations and percussion. Masaoka recently returned from studying Noh on a Fulbright to Japan in 2016.

Shomyo-Noh singer Makiko Sakurai flies from Japan and Soprano Ann Moss from San Francisco. A Line Becomes A Circle was recently performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and Theater of Yugen in San Francisco. The performance is one hour.  

Composer, koto, Noh vocals, movement: Miya Masaoka

Shomyo chant vocals, Noh vocals, movement: Makiko Sakurai:

Soprano: Ann Moss

Percussionist: Chris Nappi

Spectrum: Masaoka – Vitkova – Ilgenfritz – Hein

Friday, March 24, 2017

Miya Masaoka – one-stringed koto, preperations

Lucie Vítková – accordion

James Ilgenfritz – doubelbass

Nicola L. Hein – guitar

19:00 or 20:00 PM



The Stone, NYC

March 22, 2017  9:00 PM One set

Robert Dick, Flutes, Miya Masaoka, koto, Ken Filiano 9:00 set (second set)


National Sawdust Inn-Fest

March 11, 2017, 7:00 PM $32. at the door

80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Triangle of Resistance 

Jennifer Choi, Vln, Melissa Tong, Vln, Lev “ljova” Zhurbin, Vla, Alex Waterman, Cello, Ben Vida,

Analog modular synth, Satoshi Takeishi, Japanese Percussion, Miya Masaoka, koto, Gordon Beeferman, conductor

Many exciting artists on Innova Records

University of Maine, concert, studio visits

March 1-2   2017, 7:00 PM

The Intermedia MFA Tuesdays at the IMRC Lecture Series


The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University

February 23, 2017, 1 pm

The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall:  Complex Issues: Triangle of Resistance:

Miya Masaoka, Sound Arts, in conversation with Tom Kalin, Film

MFA Sound Arts Director Miya Masaoka discusses the album Triangle of Resistance, critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal for its “deeply expressive hybrid style,” including its musical and sound structures, timbres, and the creative process derived from the experience of incarceration of her family during WWII in the Japanese-American Internment camps.

This conversation with Tom Kalin, Film, explores political hysteria, otherness, and how the trauma of these experiences were translated into sound.

Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. On a monthly basis, conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and genre today.

Columbia University School of the Arts


Complex Issues: Triangle of Resistance

Music From Japan, Scandanavia House, Victor Borge Hall

February 19, 2017, 5:30 PM $29. At the door

Scandanavia House,  58 Park Avenue, New York City

Miya Masaoka: Improvisations: Shakuhachi master Akikazu Nakamura, Miya Masaoka, koto, Brad Garton, computer

New Directions in Japanese Contemporary Music, curated by Fuyoko Fukunaka. Also works by Yoshiaki Onishi and other composers. Momenta String Quartet, Elizabeth Brown also performing