Jason Cady

Director of Music Programming

Jason Cady is a composer and librettist. He performs on pedal steel and modular synthesizer. Pitchfork called him a “mod-synth mastermind…funny and engaging.” Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, described his video opera, I Screwed Up the Future, as ”charming fantasy…drably comic and spacey.” Opera News described his one-act opera I Need Space as “”delightfully weird…hilarious, dry and detached performances made this futuristic, retro story of love and rejection endearingly poignant.”

Cady’s CDs have been released on Lockstep Records and Peacock Recordings and his podcast opera, Buick City, 1:00 AM is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. The Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, The Casement Fund, Lighton International Artists Exchange and the American Music Center have funded his projects. He has lectured on his music at NYU, New School University, Wesleyan and ASU. He has been interviewed on WBEZ, WNYC, WKCR, WPIR, KMFA and East Village Radio. NPR featured him in “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.”­

Cady is the Artistic Director of Experiments in Opera, which has presented the music of over 40 composers, including Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, and John Zorn. He has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University. He was born in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City.