Marta Tiesenga is an interdisciplinary artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and animator. In her work, she explores and experiments with intersections between music cognition, music theory, repetition, composition, language and nonverbal communication, transience, and experience. She works with images/sound/performance and strives to find an encompassing synthesis between media with inter-sensory art. To do this, she pushes the boundaries of score-making and interpretation. Marta draws shapes, contours, and gestures that have congeneric and extrageneric relation to both the topography of spaces and to familiar musical notation. They explore how atypical instructions are interpreted by performers negotiating this interpretation in real time.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Marta is an active performer, improviser, and proponent of new music and interdisciplinary collaborations, performing in LA venues ranging in diversity from The Echo to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Notable collaborations include working with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago with coachings conducted by members of Eighth Blackbird, the New Century Players, ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Yale University, and California Institute for the Arts, as well as soloists from around the world.
She is an MFA candidate in Composition – Experimental Sound Practices and Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, she studies with Michael Pisaro, Eyvind Kang, Sara Roberts, and Ulrich Krieger. Originally classically trained in saxophone performance, Marta earned her BM from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Marta has performed as a founding member of Eastman Saxophone Project and in masterclasses led by Claude Delangle (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris), Lars Mlekusch (Konservatorium Wien University), Otis Murphy (Indiana University), and Carrie Koffman (The Hartt School, University of Hartford).