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Composer and Musician

Deutsche Bank Fellow in Music Composition - Class of Spring 2023

Tashi Wada is a composer and performer based in Los Angeles, California. His work explores resonance and dissonance, using alternative tuning systems and simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. Wada completed his BFA in composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney. Throughout his work, Wada has embraced his family’s artistic heritage. The son of Fluxus artist and composer Yoshi Wada and artist and gallery founder Marilyn Bogerd, he has channeled the creative impulses from his upbringing into his own work. In 2017, Wada formed the ensemble Tashi Wada Group with whom he recorded his 2018 album Nue, made in collaboration with his father and released by RVNG Intl. Wada has presented his music internationally and collaborated with a range of artists, including Charles Curtis, Simone Forti, and his partner Julia Holter. Recent works include Table of Visions for the Steinway Spirio player-piano system, commissioned by Hammer Museum and Triple Canopy, Borrowed Light for multiple flutes, commissioned by Manuel Zurria, and Above as Below for solo cello, commissioned by Charles Curtis. Wada founded and directs the label Saltern.

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