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Jason Cady

Queens, NY   

Jason Cady is a composer and librettist. He performs on pedal steel and modular synthesizer. Pitchfork called him a “mod-synth mastermind…funny and engaging.” Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, described his video opera, I Screwed Up the Future, as ”charming fantasy…drably comic and spacey.” Opera News described his opera I Need Space as “”delightfully weird…hilarious, dry and detached performances made this futuristic, retro story of love and rejection endearingly poignant.”

Cady’s CDs have been released on Lockstep Records and Peacock Recordings, and his podcast opera, Buick City, 1:00 AM is available on Apple Podcasts. The Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, The Casement Fund, Lighton International Artists Exchange and the American Music Center have funded his projects. He has been interviewed on WBEZ, WNYC, WKCR, WPIR, KMFA and East Village Radio. NPR featured him in “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.”­

Cady is the Artistic Director of Experiments in Opera, and the Director of Music Programming at The Flea Theater. He has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. He was born in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City.

I Screwed Up the Future

I Screwed Up the Future is an opera for video. In 2016 the world still suffers from the after effects of massive power outages, food shortages, and nuclear explosions caused by Y2K. Cassandra, a computer programmer, builds a time machine and travels back to 1996 to prevent it. But will she succeed? And would things be better if Y2K had not happened?

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Song for Skip (excerpt from Buick City, 1:00 AM)

Buick City, 1:00 AM is a podcast opera. Through spoken dialogue, sound design, and music, it tells the story of a woman traveling back in time to 1984 to prevent the murder of her father.

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The Same Answer for Every Question (excerpt from Buick City, 1:00 AM)

Buick City, 1:00 AM is a podcast opera. Through spoken dialogue, sound design, and music, it tells the story of a woman traveling back in time to 1984 to prevent the murder of her father.

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