Janis Mattox

Janis Mattox


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

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

It was support for "Tempo Perdido," a fantasy woven from the poetry of Latin American women - for soprano and chamber ensemble.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

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

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Find good teachers and mentors and get the work out there.

To say that artists need more support is an understatement.