Jen Wang


Jen Wang’s work has been featured at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Bang On A Can Summer Institute, the California EAR Unit Residency at Arcosanti, the Music ’03 and ’04 festivals, and the SPARK Festival. Her commissions include works for Talea, Rootstock Percussion Trio, the Iktus Percussion Quartet, Coro D’Amici, the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, carillonist Tiffany Ng, flutist Janet McKay, NeXT Ens, and clarinetist Cristhian Rodriguez; she has also been performed by Lucy Shelton, SoundGEAR, the Del Sol String Quartet, the California EAR Unit, Onix Ensamble, Eco Ensemble, the New Spectrum Ensemble, and the percussion ensembles of Mannes College, SUNY Purchase, and the University of California, Davis. Her first installation work, Black Cloud (for streaming data and electronics), premiered as part of Panorama, an evening-length multi-media performance featuring choreography by Merce Cunningham and Lisa Wymore.

Jen has been commissioned to write a chamber work for the 2012 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, as one of the recipients of the Staubach Honoraria, and her percussion quartet, Renderings of Things We Couldn’t Take Home, was recently featured at San Francisco’s Other Minds Festival, as part of the Composer Fellowship program. Her new piece for piano and elctronics, Gravitations, will be premiered in late March by Gloria Cheng. Other upcoming projects include a song cycle for contralto Karen Clark and a piece for Yarn/Wire.

Jen has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, where she was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and the Millay Colony of the Arts, where she was a Robert W. Simpson Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and Carleton College (B.A.). Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has been awarded the Eisner Award in Music, the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize, and the William V. Power Graduate Award. She is founder and co-director of Wild Rumpus, a music collective dedicated to the collaborative development of new work by emerging composers.