Kari Watson, composer

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Kari Watson (b.1998) is a composer and sound artist working between mediums of contemporary concert music and electroacoustic music. Motivated by a passion for narrative and musical drama, Watson works to create music that is clear, tactile, and emotionally driven. With roots in vocal study and performance, her work is informed by the vocal line and often incorporates text. Her work has been premiered in the United States and abroad by ensembles such as the Friction Quartet, the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, Ensemble MISE-EN, the Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Oberlin’s Sinfonietta and Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Tim Weiss. Upcoming projects include a collaboration with the Huxford Symphony, and a piece for the Axiom Brass Quintet. Watson is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Chicago on a full fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition, and a minor in TIMARA (technology in music and related arts) from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied under Aurie Hsu, Jesse Jones, and Stephen Hartke.