Composer and Musician
Deutsche Bank Fellow - Class of Spring 2023
Tashi Wada is a composer and musician based in Los Angeles, California. His work explores alternative tunings and temperaments in contemporary music, historical tuning systems from cultures around the world, and acoustics and psychoacoustics as a compositional tool. Wada completed his BA in composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney. Throughout his work, Wada contends with his family’s artistic heritage. The son of San Francisco gallery founder Marilyn Bogerd and Fluxus artist and electroacoustic composer Yoshi Wada, he has channeled the creative impulses from his upbringing into his own recordings. In 2017 he established the collaborative ensemble the Tashi Wada Group to explore the impact of the Fluxus collective of international avant-garde artists and composers going back to the 1960s. For his 2018 LP on RVNG, Nue, for example, Wada harnessed close relationships—including those with his partner and bandmate Julia Holter and Yoshi Wada—into ten pieces that move from enormous bagpipe drones to mesmeric electronic melodies, incorporating percussion explorations and keyboard hymns. Wada has presented his music internationally and collaborated with a range of artists, including Charles Curtis, Simone Forti, and Julia Holter. His recent works include Table of Visions for the Steinway Spirio player-piano system, commissioned by Hammer Museum and Triple Canopy, Borrowed Light for flutes, commissioned by Manuel Zurria, and Above as Below for solo cello, commissioned by Charles Curtis. He founded and directs the label Saltern.