Amy Golden, mezzo/alto, is a composer, sound artist, and vocalist based in Los Angeles. She creates works for traditional and unusual chamber ensembles, solo voice and solo instruments, orchestra, choir, electronics, and fixed media, as well as sound and sculptural installations and performance art with a special focus on the relationship between sound and object, definitions of texture, and the female experience. Her works have been performed in concert halls, festivals, galleries, and other venues throughout the U.S. She has worked collaboratively with visual artists, choreographers, and theater directors.
As a vocalist, her experience includes performances and recordings with Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Dave Brubeck, hip-hop recording artists Why?, North Texas Jazz Singers, with whom she recorded a studio album, was a Downbeat award recipient, and headlined the national Jazz Educators Network conference, International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom she performed the west cost premier of John Luther Adams’ Sila: Breath of the World at the Ojai Music Festival, as well as performances of her own and fellow composers’ works. She is a founding member of C3LA: the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, a group of singers, composers, and conductors dedicated to the performance of progressive choral and group-singing music of the last 25 years.
Amy holds a BA in music from the University of North Texas, where she studied composition and voice, and an MFA in composition and vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts.