Composer-performer Melissa Grey collaborates with artists, architectural designers, creative technologists, musicians, and composers. Recently, she has composed for Tom Piercy, ETHEL, Payton MacDonald, Miolina, The Bowers-Fader Duo, and The Occasional Noise Trio (Derin Oge, Cesare Papetti, William Lang). She has created kinetic scores based on combinatorial memory wheels: blur (after blue hour) for Payton MacDonald’s Sonic Divide project and Volvelle for the Bowers-Fader Duo. She created an electronic soundscape with the modular synth Benjolin to broadcast in the gallery space for the exhibition curated by artist Angela Grauerholz, Michèle Lemieux | The Whole and Its Parts, From drawing to animated films, exhibited at the Centre de design, Université du Québec à Montréal September-November 2016.

With artist and animator Nicole Antebi, she has ongoing animation-sound projects that include live performance and processing with Grey performing a vintage Merlin music machine: Procrustean Bed, composed for violinist Lynn Bechtold, premiered at the 2016 New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization Festival in San Diego, and later performed by Miolina violin duo (Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold) at the National Opera Center (2017, NYC) and by Lynn Bechtold at the Ars Electronica Show at La Cupula Gallery (2017, Córdoba, Argentina); and Magic Square, a triple collaborative effort, features new music by synthpop pioneer, Vince Clarke, and premiered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum (2016, Brooklyn, New York).

With David Morneau, she has established l'Artiste ordinaire.Their recent concert-length performance, Photon Ecstasy, an adaptation of Dan Rose’s artist book The DNA-Photon Project, premiered at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in October 2016. Other performances include: 2016 and 2017 North Country Electronic Music Festival (Burlington, VT), 2016 Electroacoustic Barn Dance (Fredericksburg, VA), 2017 and 2018 The Florida International Toy Piano Festival (St Petersburg, FL), Strange stage nos.2 and 3 (2017, Brooklyn). They will perform a new concert-length Photon Ecstasy at the Emmet O'Neal Library (2017, Alabama). Grey & Morneau also direct and produce Soft Series, a concert series dedicated to presenting soft premieres. They have featured thingNY/Varispeed, Miolina, Craig Hultgren, The Bowers-Fader Duo, Elizabeth A. Baker, and Nicole Antebi. Future artists include The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes, Eve Beglarian, and Monroe Golden, and Thomas Piercy. Soft Series is live-streamed and archived by Clocktower Radio.

Grey has received awards and funding from Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, American Music Center, Composer Assistance Program, and several ASCAPlus Awards, Concert Music Division.

Grey has taught Sound Studies at the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City since 2009. She is an Associate Director of Composers Concordance, and a Board Member of Miolina, the violin duo of Lynn Bechtold and Mioi Takeda.


 photo: Marc Fiaux