new music in los angeles

new music in Los Angeles



Michelle Lou is a composer, performer, and sound artist that works mainly in the realm of electro-acoustic music. Her work has been presented at Wien Modern, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, The Festival of New American Music, MATA, The 66th American Music Festival at the National Gallery, Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Chance and Circumstance, amongst others. She received degrees in double bass performance and composition from UC San Diego and Stanford University. She was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth College, and is currently the Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. 


Michael Pisaro is a guitarist, composer and a member of the Wandelweiser collective. His music is performed frequently in concerts and festivals around the world. Recordings of his work (solo and collaborative) have been released by (among others), Edition Wandelweiser, erstwhile, New World Records, Hubro, another timbre, Potlatch, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave. Before joining the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, he taught composition and theory at Northwestern University.


Brian Griffeath-Loeb (b. 1981) is a composer and video/installation artist primarily engaged with “acoustic debris”—sounds we often like to pretend aren’t there: the hiss of breath escaping a wind player’s embouchure or the rattle of moisture collecting inside the instrument, the gentle thump of digital piano keys or the creaks and groans of a bench beneath the pianist. These are sounds of effort, of intention, reflecting bodily and mechanical engagement. The essence of his work is creating soundworlds that attune the listener to such phenomena, bringing focus to the pathos of human effort.