Miya Masaoka is an American composer, sound artist and musician. She has created a body of work that encompasses interdisciplinary sound art, hybrid acoustic/electronic performance, New Noh operas, choirs, mapping movement of insects, sound installations, performance art, works instigating new and varied modes of working that involve listening, strategies of improvisation, and insinuating an identity that reveals the body, inner workings of plants, and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.
Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, MoMA PS1, Kunstmuseum Bonn, and the Park Avenue Armory. She has been commissioned by and collaborated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Glasgow Choir, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can, Jack Quartet, Del Sol, Momenta and the S.E.M. Ensemble.
Her work explores bodily perception of vibration, movement and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. She is an Associate Professor and the director of the MFA Sound Art Program at Columbia University.