I am a composer, musician, artist and educator based in New York, NY. I create unique musical performances that seek to engage the audience in contemplating human experience and the environment. My work begins from a place of connection: how do we, as people, engage with each other and our surroundings. My vision is to create sonic essays, a way to look deeper into ideas through sound and music. These works manifest through multi-media presentations, or through solely musical performances. Through explorations of people, place, and the historical record, I hope to explicate a sense of humanity within the world around us. Sound and music are the glue to which these ideas and themes are linked together, exposing the hidden connections in our world.
My recent work includes a performance opera based on geology and the writings of Robert Smithson, the creation of a sonic baptism for my son, and the mining of my own personal history for the suite Folk Music. Many compositions and installations include the use of historical research, geography, text-based composition, field recordings, graphic performance scores, site-specificity, microtones and improvisational performance practice. I am a founder of the web-based music journal, The Experimental Music Yearbook and was the music curator for the Sound Series Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY from 2010 – 2012.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, I have lived in London, UK, Charlottesville, VA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and I have a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where I studied with Ulrich Krieger , Michael Pisaro, Mark Trayle and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. My musical influences include James Tenney, La Monte Young, and John Cage. In 2012 I was named a fellow as part of the Other Minds Festival 17 in San Francisco, CA.
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JOHN P. HASTINGS