“A wayward litany of pops, shivers and shrieks, by turns agitated and enervated” – The New York Times, September 2012, Steve Smith
Moon Young Ha is a New York-based artist who works to redefine the new music scene in New York. As the founder and director of ENSEMBLE MISE-EN, Moon curates and conducts some of the most unexpected, perplexing, and widely noticed concerts of contemporary classical music in the city today. As a composer, Moon’s works are heard worldwide, commissioned by major ensembles and chamber orchestras, and featured prominently in experimental collaborations with the musicians of New York-based ENSEMBLE MISE-EN.
As Artistic Director, Moon has debuted works by composers of international repute alongside those lesser known or under-played. Their premieres included works by Younghi Pagh-Paan, Isang Yun, Hans Abrahamsen, Kaija Saariaho and Wolfram Schurig; a concert-length collaboration with composer Wolfgang Mitterer on the debut of his piece REMIX_2 at Le Poission Rouge; and debuts of over a hundred pieces by composers from the U.S. and abroad. Much of Moon’s own work combines acoustic instruments with electronics, video, and choreography, reflecting sundry influences from western, non-western, jazz, and pop idioms. Moon received a B.M. and an M.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at New York University, where he teaches music theory and composition.
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