new music in los angeles

new music in Los Angeles



Daniel Allas is a composer of instrumental and electronic music. His recent work researches performative interpretation, the physicality of sound, and the poetics of musical and extra-musical signifiers. Daniel's most important collaborations have been with close friends (Ernest Ling, Victoria Cheah, Gleb Kanasevich, and Jeremy Rapaport-Stein), and he has also collaborated with classical music groups including the LA Philharmonic, Peter Evans and the International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up, and the Lydian String Quartet, among others. His music has been performed at festivals and academies including the Next on Grand Festival, So Percussion Summer Academy, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Composer Institute. His teachers include Andrew Norman, Yu-Hui Chang, and David Rakowski. He was born in Boston, MA and now lives in Los Angeles, CA. (back to top)


Alyssa Aska is fascinated with the architecture of music, both spatially and temporally. She composes works which explore extremes in time and space, using rigid proportions to generate forms in acoustic works and exploring the unpredictable duration and lack of control in gamified works. She studied composition in the United States with Robert Kyr, David Crumb, and Jeffrey Stolet, in Canada with Robert Pritchard, Keith Hamel, and David Eagle, and currently studies in Graz, Austria with Marko Ciciliani and Klaus Lang. Her works and research have been performed worldwide at conferences and festivals such as ICMC, NIME, EMS, Impuls Academy, Darmstadt Summer Courses, Musikprotokoll Graz, Tonraum21, Mikrofest Helsinki, and many others. She is also a founding member of the Graz-based Facere collective, which is dedicated to producing several unique concert events each year. When Alyssa isn’t writing music, she publishes fiction under various pen names. (back to top)


Nathan Corder is an Oakland-based composer of works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people. His work heavily focuses upon the development of emergent properties and structures developed through feedback processes, physical computing, and improvisational strategies. Corder’s research has recently culminated in the publishing of “Determining Conditions: Towards an Aesthetic of Emergence in Electronic Music”. Active as a composer and improviser on custom designed electronics and guitar, Corder has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Jaap Blonk, Tatsuya Nakatani, William Winant, and Barbara Golden. His discography includes releases on Cleanfeed, Flaming Pines, Amalgam, SEAMUS Records, Noise Pelican, and Coup Sur Coup. He is an active member of the groups TONED, monopiece, Jitters, and Nude Tayne. (back to top)


JP Lempke’s works unashamedly embody the absurd, the out-of-place, and the purely bizarre. At times his penchant for extremes creates a humorous atmosphere, but other times the unexpected changes in otherwise static material invoke anxiety and nervousness. Unphased by his quirky style, renowned performers and groups like Philippe Spiesser, Juanjo Llopico, Kanae Mizobuchi, Unassisted Fold, and Oh My Ears have brought his strange soundscapes to life. His works have been performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States at events like the SEAMUS National Conference, the Delian Academy for New Music, the VIPA Festival, the highSCORE Festival, and the International Computer Music Conference. He is a winner of the American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project, as well as a nominee for the Destellos Foundation Electroacoustic and Video-Music Competition. Mr. Lempke earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano Performance with Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and his Master of Music in Composition at Arizona State University, where he operated as the co-director of the laptop orchestra. Currently, he is completing a Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Oregon. His instructors are Darleen Mitchell, Anthony Donofrio, Jody Rockmaker, Garth Paine, and Kotoka Suzuki. He publishes with Leading Tones Music, LLC. (back to top)


Golnaz Shariatzadeh is a composer and improviser interested in crystallizing, liberating and unfolding the hidden layers of the sound to bring its complex nature to the surface. Through experimentation with the material and time, she reveals the unnatural, irregular and unpredictable unfolding of sound textures resulting from its encounter with other sounds through space. She is currently a PhD candidate in composition at Harvard University studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku. (back to top)


Kelley Sheehan is a composer and computer musician moving between acoustic, electro-acoustic, and performance art works. In any medium, her work centers on noise, performance, and interaction. Her work has been described as "Full of discovery, collaboration, and unpredictability" (Gaudeamus Foundation) with "Woozy Electronics" (LA Weekly). When not composing, she is advocating for new music as co-artistic director of Cacophony Magazine and performing as a founding member of The Plucky Plunkers, an improvisational music duo that is focused on commission works for the toy piano and multimedia collaborations. (back to top)


Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi ( b. 1997 Tehran, Iran ) is an Iranian/Canadian composer based in Vancouver, Canada. Working with instrumental and electroacoustic media, she has actively collaborated on projects written for dance performance and film in addition to concert pieces. She seeks to incorporate into her music her experiences of the cultural contexts she has been living in so far. She was recently commissioned by Western From to write for their 8.2 octophonic sound system and has just finished her artist residency at Media Arts Committee. Koochakzadeh-Yazdi has recently joined the New Music on the Point program as participant composer and will be attending EQ:Evolution of the String Quartet at Banff Centre and wasteLAnd’s 2019 Summer Academy in July and August also as participant composer. She is currently studying composition at Simon Fraser University with Sabrina Schroeder, Owen Underhill and Mauricio Pauly. (back to top)


Adam Zuckerman (b. 1992, Los Angeles, California) is a composer and performer working within the areas of contemporary classical, experimental, and improvised music. His work explores perceptual thresholds of sound in relation to experiences of time, memory, and place. (back to top)