Adam Mirza

I am a Visiting Professor of Composition and Electronic Music in the Music Department at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Broadly speaking, my compositional approach involves the abstract re-configuration of bodily gestures and politically charged or otherwise culturally resonant sonic media. In addition to the purely sonic element, I try to create unique performance spaces through/with my music. I think as much about these new performance contexts as about the ‘sounds themselves.’ I experiment with microphones, live mixing, digital live processing and loudspeakers to situate sounds within a particular space. I think that electroacoustic music can be thought of as a form of chamber music, and so the other way around as well.

My work is influenced by several thinkers and musicians, including Hannah Arendt, Helmut Lachenmann, and members of the NYC new music and experimental jazz scene. I am the founder and co-director of the new music organization, Amp New Music.

I have worked closely with several NYC-based ensembles including Loadbang, Mivos String Quartet, JACK Quartet, ArgentoLongleash Piano Trio and the New Thread Saxophone Quartet. In 2013, I was a guest composer at the Zurich Tage für Neue Musik (Zurich New Music Days) for my work Partial Knowledge: Situational Ethics.

I also do freelance work in concert audio and video documentation.

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