Bio.

Short Bio

Michele Cheng is an interdisciplinary artist who uses music, experimental theatre, and other forms of media to be in dialogue with social issues and cultural identities. Her works have been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia. Examples include: a modern fairy tale about criminal justice (Voir dire, 2018); an experimental music theatre project about Asian women experiences(To Be Heard X Unheard, 2016); an ambisonic & three-screen video piece with hand puppet which reflects the online dating culture (Speed Dating, 2019); a musical card game that triggers laughter and cultural-awarenessa (Conversation-ish, 2018); among others. She co-founded the interdisciplinary artist collective fff and the experimental pop duet Meoark, and is a member of Stanford New Ensemble. She is the winner of the 2017 American Prize for her experimental music theatre project To Be Heard X Unheard. Michele holds an M.F.A in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from University of California, Irvine.

 

Full Bio

Michele Cheng is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, multimedia producer, improviser-performer, songwriter, educator, and activist-artist. She is an award-winning composer in both the academic field and the commercial industry. Her works have been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia.

She often uses music, experimental theatre, and other forms of media to be in dialogue with social issues and cultural identities. Taking a journalistic approach through interviews and research, she develops creative projects that reflect the complex issues to create public understanding. Examples of her works include: a modern fairy tale about criminal justice (Voir dire, 2018); an experimental music theatre project about Asian women experiences (To Be Heard X Unheard, 2016); a musical card game that triggers laughter and cultural-awareness (Conversation-ish, 2018); an ambisonic & three-screen video piece with hand puppet which reflects the online dating culture (Speed Dating, 2019); and more. In 2017, she released a documentary film featuring the narratives of 1.5 generation Taiwanese Americans (OMW, 2015-17), a grant-supported project she produced, directed, and composed. The film was recognized as a finalist by Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards (FFIFA) and its soundtrack received award from American Tracks Music Awards.

At the age of sixteen, Michele was the winner in the category of Digital Music for the u19 Award- a media arts competition for youth inspired by renowned u19- CREATE YOUR WORLD and was hold by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan in 2007. She was then selected as a representative to visit Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. In 2017, she was recognized the winner of The American Prize and a finalist of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for her experimental music theatre project To Be Heard X Unheard.​

Her works have been featured around the world at places including Bing Concert Hall (Stanford, CA), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (Dijon, France), Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal (Montreal, Canada), National Theatre & Concert Hall (Taiepi, Taiwan), Emerson Paramount Theatre (Boston, MA), Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (Stanford, CA), Orange County Museum of Arts (Santa Ana, CA), Experimental Media Performance Lab (Irvine, CA), National Taichung Theater (Taichung, Taiwan), White Snake Project (Boston, MA), UCI Illuminations (Irvine, CA), New Music On The Point (Leicester, VT), and Laboratoire de musique contemporaine de Montreal (Montreal, Canada). Her compositions have been performed by Ensemble Instrumental de l'ESM Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Dijon, France), Amaranth Quartet (San Francisco, CA), fff ensemble (Stanford, CA), Stanford New Ensemble (Stanford, CA), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (Taipei, Taiwan), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Tone Melody Flute Ensemble (Taipei, Taiwan), Muse Trio (Yunlin, Taiwan), Yunlin Sharing Chamber Orchestra (Yunlin, Taiwan) where she has been a composer in residence since 2007, among others.

Michele also performs with diverse groups that feature experimental, classical, world, and pop music. Collaborations included Sō Percussion, Yunlin Sharing Chamber Orchestra, Taiko Center of Los Angeles, and Antenna Fuzz. She is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artist collective fff and the experimental pop duet Meoark, and is a member at Stanford New Ensemble.​

As an active educator, Michele has guest lectured at several universities included University of California, Berkeley, National Sun Yat-sen UniversityNational Taiwan Normal University, National Chung Cheng University, and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. She was a graduate teaching assistant (2014-16) at University of California, Irvine and a teaching intern (2015-16) at Orange Coast College, leading weekly music theory labs and assisting courses at School of the Arts and School of Education. Engaged in early childhood education, she taught music education (TK-3) at several public elementary schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and worked at a children museum.​

Michele holds an M.F.A in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) from University of California, Irvine, studying with Nicole Mitchell, Michael Dessen, Chris Dobrian, Kojiro Umezaki, and Lukas Ligeti. She received her B.F.A in Theory and Composition, with a minor in Piano Performance from National Sun Yat-sen University where she studied with Szu-Hsien Lee and Kwang-I Ying.
 

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