Jay Afrisando
music composer, sound artist.


Employing multisensory approaches, he shares awareness of aural diversity, acoustic ecology, and our everyday technological interactions. His works invite others to (re)examine our notions of living entities, ecosystem, and technology through varied approaches, including video, spatial audio, fixed media, and improvisation.


His works have been presented at Aural Diversity Conference, Walker Art Center's Virtual Cinema, ARGOS Projector: The Faraway Nearby, MOXsonic, Sonic Salon Winter, In Situ: Festival for Electronic Music and Sound Art, October Meeting Contemporary Music & Musicians, Seoul International Computer Music Conference, International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Landmark to Lowertown, Linux Audio Conference, Disability Awareness Week, Drone Not Drones, and Fifteen Minutes of Fame. His works have also been presented at Seattle Art Museum, Montalvo Arts Center, and National Gugak Center.

He is a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow 2021-22 (US), a grantee of the Next Step Fund 2020 by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (US), the recipient of the ABT Award 2020 by the Art Music Today (ID), Black Pencil Ensemble (NL), and Trace21 (NL), as well as a OneBeat Fellow 2015. He also received the Ambassador's Award for Excellence 2019 by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for the United States (US), the 2016 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award by the American Composers Forum (US), Hibah Seni Karya Inovatif (Innovative Art Grant) 2016 by Yayasan Kelola (ID), and the 2nd Prize Winner of Prix Annelie de Man 2015 Composers Competition (NL).

He participated at the Improvising Ecosystem 2017 at the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center (MN, US), the OneBeat 2015 residency in California, Oregon, and Washington (US), the 2014 International Fellowship in Study of Korean Music at National Gugak Center (KR), and the Hackteria Lab/Akustikologi 2014 at Bumi Pemuda Rahayu Sustainability Center (ID).

He is an initiator and a collaborator at Jay & Gatra Wardaya, a group focusing on text-based and contemporary music. He is also a collaborator at TIGAtrio, a trans-continent improvisation group.

Artist Statement

I use sound and other media to share awareness on complex issues that emerge because of bodily diversity and ever-changing tools or technology. We—human beings—are aurally diverse since we possess various cognitive systems and hearing apparatuses. In addition, the tools we make and use eventually make us. These matters bring about many consequences, such as hearing and listening, disability and accessibility, politics on technology and science, and cultural and environmental issues.

My artistic works capture and convey these varied phenomena through various media including but not limited to audio and audiovisual, 2D and 3D, participatory, improvisation, and fixed media works. My works invite others to (re)examine our relationships to other living entities, nature, and technology.