Jay Alan Yim

Jay Alan Yim studied music composition at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Royal College of Music, and Harvard, and computer music at MIT and Stanford. He currently teaches at Northwestern University. He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and three Illinois Arts Council fellowships, and many other awards. His music has been featured at international festivals (a.o. Darmstadt, Ars Musica, Wien-Modern, Gaudeamus, Tanglewood, Aspen, ISCM World Music Days) and has been performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Nederlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Sendai Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, Andiamo String Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, dal niente, ICE, Frances-Marie Uitti, Gareth Davis, Laura Chislett, Harrie Starreveld, Dalia Chin and many others. The New York Philharmonic commissioned and gave the premiere in 2010 of neverthesamerivertwice for piano and orchestra, with Eric Huebner as soloist and Alan Gilbert conducting. 

In 2000, he co-founded the collaborative localStyle with Marlena Novak. Using high and low tech means, their intermedia practice includes video, interactive installations, live performance with electronics, and audience participation. Their projects explore how thresholds and boundaries—whether physical or intangible—are constructed, interpreted, and negotiated, via themes as varied as issues of trespass, the mating behavior of hermaphroditic marine flatworms, and the sonification of electric fish from the Amazon. 

These works have been presented in festivals, museums, galleries, and alternative venues in more than thirty cities worldwide (a.o. Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Camden, Chicago, Cologne, Duluth, Eindhoven, The Hague, Huddersfield, Jerusalem, Linz, London, Mexico City, New York, the Orkney Islands, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Sydney, Szczecin, Sittard, Tel Aviv, Torino, Toronto, Valencia, and Warsaw). Their interactive installation scale (in collaboration with neuromechanical engineer Malcolm MacIver) was presented July–August 2011 at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing) as part of the TransLife 2011 Triennial.