John Mallia's compositional process is informed by spatial constructs and concepts, and a fascination with presence, ritual, and the thresholds standing between states of existence or awareness. In addition to composing chamber music and works combining acoustic instruments with electronics, he creates fixed media compositions, and collaborates with visual artists on multimedia works, including installation.
His music has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally by organizations such as Musicacoustica (Beijing, China), MediaMix (Monterrey, Mexico), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), RAMA Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), L.A. Freewaves (CA), ZeroOne New Media festival (CA), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (NY), Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), International Computer Music Association (Huddersfield, UK), Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Zeppelin Festival of Sound Art (Barcelona, Spain), Festival Synthèse (Bourges, France), Interensemble’s Computer Arts Festival (Padova, Italy), Barbican Centre (London, U.K.), and Medi@terra`s Travelling Mikromuseum (Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia).
He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas (2004-5) and was composer-in-residence at the Institut de Musique Electroacoustique (Bourges, France; 1993, 2002). Additionally, he is a member of the Composition Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught composition, electroacoustic music, and sound art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, College of the Holy Cross, Northeastern University, Clark University, Brandeis University, and Franklin Pierce College.
B.M., Syracuse University; M.M., NEC; Ph.D., Brandeis University. Visiting Artist, Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Former faculty of College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University.
Photo by Andrew Hurlbut