Moon Ha, electronics/conductor/composer

Moon Ha, artistic director/c.e.o.

Moon Ha is a versatile artist and researcher based in New York, employing a diverse array of tools—ranging from traditional musical instruments and found objects to computers and handmade electronics—to craft rich layers of sound and music. His creative spectrum spans traditional musical scores to intricate sound installations.

Since the inception of ensemble mise-en in 2011, Moon Young Ha has played a pivotal role as its founding Artistic Director/CEO. Actively shaping the landscape of new music, he has spearheaded initiatives that champion composers and musicians from diverse backgrounds.

At the core of his research lies a deep exploration of “sustainability” within the realm of music and sound studies, particularly in the context of electronics and computers. Moon Ha delves into crucial issues such as consumption, pollution, accessibility, and the overall stability of art and music creation. Recent projects underscore his commitment to sustainability, utilizing recycled and repurposed materials to create new music and sound works.

Moon Ha extends beyond sound and music research, as he serves as a conductor and performer, leading ensemble mise-en in both domestic and international performances. His compositions have found a home in esteemed festivals like the International Computer Music Conference, Bang On A Can Marathon, and Gaida Festival. Renowned ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, orkest de ereprijs, JACK and Mivos quartets, Iktus Percussion Ensemble, among others, have brought his compositions to life.

Moon Ha embarked on his musical journey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Composition. His academic pursuits continued at New York University, where he obtained a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Music. Currently, he shares his musical knowledge by teaching theory and composition at New York University.