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Jason Cady is a composer and librettist. He performs on pedal steel guitar and modular synthesizer. Pitchfork called him a “mod-synth mastermind…funny and engaging.” The Wire described his one-act opera Post-Madonna Prima Donna as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, described his video opera, I Screwed Up the Future, as “charming fantasy...drably comic and spacey.” Opera News described his opera I Need Space as “"delightfully weird...hilarious, dry and detached performances made this futuristic, retro story of love and rejection endearingly poignant.”

Cady’s CDs have been released on Lockstep Records and Peacock Recordings; and his podcast opera, Buick City, 1:00 AM is available on Apple Podcasts. The Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, The Casement Fund, Lighton International Artists Exchange, and the American Music Center have funded his projects. His music has been performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Stone, (le) Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Abrons Art Center, The Flea Theater, Anthology Film Archives, Tonic and many other venues in New York City and throughout the US from Arizona to Alaska. He has lectured on his music at New York University, New School University, Wesleyan University and Arizona State University. He has been interviewed on WBEZ, WNYC, WKCR, WPIR, KMFA and East Village Radio. NPR featured him in “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.”­ His essay on Earle Brown was published by the University of Michigan Press in Beyond Notation: the Music of Earle Brown.

Cady founded Experiments in Opera with Aaron Siegel and Matthew Welch; and he and Kamala Sankaram are Co-Artistic Directors. Experiments in Opera has presented the music of over 40 composers, including Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, Joan La Barbara, Jessica Pavone, Roddy Bottom, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Jonathan Mitchell, Paul Pinto, John King, Ruby Fulton, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Joe Diebes.

Cady’s current projects include: “Chunky in Heat,” a full-length opera in collaboration with A.M. Homes and five composers (Paula Mathusen, Shelly Washington, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, and Matthew Welch); an adaptation of “The Book of Martha” a short-story by Octavia Butler, in collaboration with Emily Manzo; and a documentary sound installation and live performance, commissioned by Radio Papesse in Florence, Italy.

Cady has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied composition with Richard Lerman, Harold Budd, and Daniel Lentz. He was born in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City. He is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.


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photo by Nina Roberts

Jason Cady composes music and writes stories for small-scale operas. He performs on pedal steel and modular synthesizer. Pitchfork called him a “mod-synth mastermind…funny and engaging.” The Wire described his one-act opera Post-Madonna Prima Donna as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, described his video opera, I Screwed Up the Future, as ”charming fantasy...drably comic and spacey.”

Cady’s CDs have been released on Lockstep Records and Peacock Recordings. The Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, The Casement Fund, Lighton International Artists Exchange and the American Music Center have funded his projects. He has lectured on his music at NYU, New School University, Wesleyan and ASU. He has been interviewed on WBEZ, WNYC, WKCR, WPIR, KMFA and East Village Radio. NPR featured him in “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.”­

Cady is the Artistic Director of Experiments in Opera, which has presented the music of over 40 composers, including Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, and John Zorn. He has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. He was born in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City.