Janis Mattox, composer and pianist, is a native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA) and Northwestern University (MA) in Evanston, Illinois. She began creating multi-media works merging live performance, dance, film, and interactive digital music technologies at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics in the early 80’s.
Her music-drama “Shaman” (1984) became the subject of a feature article in Smithsonian Magazine by Alan Rich. She
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was support for "Tempo Perdido," a fantasy woven from the poetry of Latin American women - for soprano and chamber ensemble.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I am composing "Sue?os de Medianoche," a chamber opera inspired by a Bolivian Legend. You can find samples of my compositions on my website: http://www.janismattox.com/music.html
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Find good teachers and mentors and get the work out there.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
To say that artists need more support is an understatement.
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