RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
The Japanese American musician and composer Miya Masaoka was born in Washington DC in 1958. She began her career as a koto player, exploring both western and traditional musics. These days, her koto performances are often enhanced by string preparations and electronic triggers, and her improvisational technique combines experimental western approaches with koto tradition. She sometimes combines her music for live performers with unusual sound sources such as amplified brain waves, heartbeats, aircraft noise, bird song and hives of bees.