Miya Masaoka works simultaneously in the varied musical worlds of
jazz, Western classical music, electronic music, traditional Japanese
music and free improvisation, and is currently the director of an
ensemble of traditional Japanese court music, the San Francisco
Gagaku Society. She has studied Japanese music with court musician
Suenobu Togi, and holds music degrees from San Francisco State
University, a Masters Degree in Composition from Mills College and
certificates from the Chikushi gakko school. She has performed extensively
in Japan and the US and also has toured in India and Canada; both
solo and with a wide variety of musicians and traditions, including
Pharoah Sanders, L. Subramaniam, The Berlin Rias Dorchester Symphony
and the Berlin Opera, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Steve Coleman, Mark
Izu, Francis Wong, George Lewis, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Wadada
Leo Smith, Rohan de Saram (Arditti String Quartet), James Newton
and many others.
Her Eastern sense of time and space, multiplicities of aesthetics
and improvisational skills have distinguished Masaoka as a new virtuoso
and innovator on the contemporary landscape.
She has a residency at STEIM in the Netherlands to build a midi
interface for her koto.