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Breana Tavaglione

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Breana Tavaglione

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Tuesday 2:30PM-5:00PM, Wednesday 12:00PM-4:00PM, Thursday 2:30PM-5:00PM, Friday 11:30AM-5:00PM


M.F.A., Experimental Sound Practices, California Institute of the Arts, 2018
B.A., Music Composition with an Emphasis in Media Technology and Electronic Music, Mills College, 2016

Breana Tavaglione is a composer and sound artist whose primary musical interest is experimenting with sound. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington, where she is a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant. Breana graduated from California Institute of the Arts ‘18 MFA Experimental Sound Practices. At CalArts she taught a course titled The Audible Fairy Tale and studied composition with Laura Steenberge and Sara Roberts. Breana graduated from Mills College ‘16 BA Music Composition with an Emphasis in Media Technology and Electronic Music. At Mills College she studied voice with Molly Holm and composition with Maggi Payne. Originally trained on piano, Breana also enjoys songwriting and accompanying herself on guitar and autoharp. She utilizes composition as a means to paint with sound, creating an immersive sensory experience in which she deconstructs conceptual themes in order to convey a specific mood or aesthetic, transporting listeners to an alternative sonic landscape.

Artist's Statement

My work consists of recordings, installations, and live performances. My interests reside along the intersections of language, fairy tales, feminism, relation to place, decolonization, audio recording, and experimenting with sound. Field recording and improvisation are essential facets of my compositions. Presiding over my practice is auditory osmosis, a term that I use to describe the phenomenon of internalizing an experience of language/sound within the parameters of an incomplete comprehension of language/sound. Auditory osmosis permeates my entire approach to composition.


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