Tina Tallon is a composer, computer musician, multi-instrumental improviser, and arts documentarian based in Boston and working around the globe. Her concert music and interactive installations have been widely performed and presented by ensembles such as the LA Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, wild Up, Talea, and the JACK Quartet, in venues ranging from some of the world’s most celebrated concert halls to aquariums, subterranean tunnels, and grain silos. She has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as ASCAP, The Barlow Endowment, NewMusicUSA, and PARMA Music, and has been involved in the production of multiple Grammy-nominated recording projects. Recent commissioners include the LA Philharmonic, Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, and Guerilla Opera. Her recent premiere with the LA Philharmonic received a mention from New Yorker music critic Alex Ross in his recap of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2018.

Ms. Tallon’s research interests include technological mediations of the human voice, virtual tactility, data sonification, algorithmic composition, accessibility, and uncovering hidden biases in both hardware and software development. Ms. Tallon received one of four inaugural Katzin Prize fellowships to fund her doctoral research at UC San Diego, and she remains the only recipient in the arts to date. Additionally, recognizing the challenges posed by lack of access to sophisticated, nuanced, and affordable documentation services for emerging and underrepresented artists, she founded SALT Arts Documentation, an outfit that specializes in creating artistically-informed audiovisual recordings of contemporary performing arts and training these artists in audio engineering, videography, photography, and web design. She has worked with countless nonprofits, arts groups, and presenting organizations around the world, and her writings and media have been published by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and many others. Prior to beginning her career as a musician, her research in pancreatic cancer won the Alexander J. Denner Award from MIT, and she has developed computational tools to model both cancer metastasis and stem cell differentiation, in addition to novel noninvasive diagnostic agents for endometriosis.

Ms. Tallon holds B.S. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University, and is currently concluding her doctoral studies in composition at UC San Diego. Her primary composition teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang, and she has studied computer music with Miller Puckette and Tom Erbe. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the Boston Conservatory and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Clark University, where she is hard at work writing her first book on the technocultural history of voice technology. She previously served as Lecturer in Music Technology at MIT, and is passionate about supporting young artists and engineers as they find their voices and dream up ways for their creative endeavors to make the world a better place.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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luscinia
Winner, 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony, Steven Schick, Artistic Director

“A CENTURY OF ‘SHRILL’: HOW BIAS IN TECHNOLOGY HAS HURT WOMEN’S VOICES” PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORKER

“Technological bias is about more than audio quality—it’s about the forces that influence whose stories are told and how.” My latest piece on bias in audio technology, and first article in the New Yorker – read it here! Photograph by Bettmann / Getty

‘…FOR WE WHO KEEP OUR LIVES IN OUR THROATS…’ MENTIONED IN THE NEW YORKER’S “NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AND RECORDINGS OF 2018” REVIEW

Earlier this month, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross mentioned the world premiere of “…for we who keep our lives in our throats…” with the LA Philharmonic in the preamble to his list of Notable Recordings and Performances of 2018. Ross writes: “In October, at an event in the orchestra’s Green Umbrella new-music series, I […]

TINA TALLON WINS A 2018 ASCAP MORTON GOULD YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD FOR ‘LUSCINIA’

Tina has been awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for her first piece for orchestra and live electronics, luscinia, premiered in December. To see the other winners and learn more about the awards, read ASCAP’s press release.

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