Steven Whiteley is a New York-based/nomadic composer, sound artist & transmedia artist. He is interested in exploring the perception of the self and embodied and fragmented consciousnesses in the context of internet culture and the age of the Anthropocene, as well as engaging with Buddhist, particularly Zen, philosophy and ideas. His works have been awarded, performed and exhibited at such venues as The Kitchen (New York, New York), Smock Alley Theater (Dublin, Ireland), Paralelní Polis (Prague, Czech Republic), Casa Cava (Matera, Italy), Mise En Place (Brooklyn, New York) at festivals and conferences such as the MATA Festival, Dublin Music Current Festival, Los Angeles Emerging Artist's Festival (LAEAF), MA/IN Matera Intermedia Festival (received Honorary Mention Award), Mise En Music Festival, Echofluxx 18, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (MCML), National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME), and others. He was composer in residence and is a fellow at I-Park Inc. in East Haddam, CT and has been active as a performer in the New York and Montreal DIY music scenes, having toured Europe, the UK, Canada, and the USA with different projects. He studied Composition at Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City, and Composition and Eastern Philosophy & Religions at McGill University in Montreal. His past mentors in Composition have included Robert Aldridge, David Sampson, Eleanor Cory, Melissa Hui and Philippe Leroux. He is currently lives, studies, and practices at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, a Zen Buddhist Monastery near Muir Beach, California, in addition to being an active composer.
"caused the feeling of an echoing cry...a great performance art piece!" – The Theatre Times
"...convincingly explored the relationship of syllables and words to gestures and to the sonic environment...gripping stuff..." – An EarFul
"[explores] subtlety and sophistication of sonic manipulation... a kind of emotional rollercoaster..." – The Irish Times