LEAHA MARIA VILLARREAL
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Composer LEAHA MARIA VILLARREAL brings a contemporary focus to classical music. With works described as "visceral" (Lucid Culture) and "austere" (New Music Box), her output includes music for dance, film, opera, and concert hall. She has worked with organizations and ensembles such as Wild Rumpus, W4, Ear Heart Music, Boston New Music Initiative, BODYART, The Box is Empty, and PUBLIQuartet. Past composition teachers include Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Chinary Ung. Villarreal holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and studied at New York University with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon. In addition to her work as a composer, she is an avid supporter of the performing arts. She has lent her services to such preeminent institutions as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wordless Music Series, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MATA, the Unsound Festival, and FIGMENT Arts Festival on Governor’s Island. She is a co-founder and the artistic director of the New York-based contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant. Originally from Los Angeles, Villarreal lives and works in New York City. www.leahamaria.com

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Not only does Leaha Maria Villarreal act as Artistic Director of Hotel Elefant, but she composes for the ensemble too. Watch this interview with Villarreal as she discusses the motivation behind her piece Dark Matter, described by NY Arts as referring “outside itself and the concept behind it to an emotional and imaginiative encounter with a part of nature most commonly understood only as scientific data or as an idea.”

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