Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds, creating powerful sonic explorations from even the most mundane objects. Her work crosses paths with diverse disciplines, from collaborations in dance, film, and music, to continuing explorations of breath in music through garment-based biofeedback technology. Her recent work, Paths II: The Music of Trees, was featured in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered, and was hailed as ‘otherworldly,’ and ‘sometimes eerie, sometimes transportingly lovely,’ by the Seattle Times. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently ran an article featuring Aresty’s latest work-in-progress, a permanent installation for the public atrium of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), commissioned by the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The CSL is amongst the greenest office buildings in the world.
Aresty received her doctorate from the University of Washington, her masters degree from the University of Michigan, and her bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music. She recently concluded a Fellowship at the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Electronic Music and Sound Studies at Grinnell College.