Hi. My name is Shaya. I design user interfaces, take photos, and build communities.
I also enjoy creative and interdisciplinary thought. Here's what I've been working on:
The Live Music Project is a community calendar for classical and contemporary music in Seattle. It builds visibility for local orchestras and ensembles while connecting new and returning listeners with live musical experiences.
Musochat is a weekly conversation about new music on Twitter that began in July 2015. New Music Box wrote about it, and SoundNotion recorded us discussing it on their podcast, as did The Portfolio Composer.
All the gory details about my experience as a software product manager (and, before that, news editor) are on LinkedIn.
Out of the Ether: Generating Collaborations in the Digital Space explores how artists can get their work (and their voices) heard in the vast digital arena. (Chamber Music Magazine, April 2017)
Listening in the Round is an interview with trombonist and composer Stuart Dempster, who led the deep listening movement with Pauline Oliveros. (February 2017)
In the Absence of Money looks at the impact on performance quality, commitment, and artistic freedom when musicians perform without pay. (New Music Box, 2016)
Advice from Strangers, a 7-piece series, explores overlapping challenges in the industries of technology and new music. (New Music Box, 2015)
Orchestras fascinate me; I write about them here.
I shadowed a piano technician for a few days and wrote this photoessay about the people and places he encountered in the course of his work. (2016)
Photos of musicians, orchestras and instruments
Many more photos of people, buildings, sunsets and the world at large...
As a guest on ThisChoirNerd, a podcast by Markdavin Obenza, I discuss how to connect strangers with music, collaborating in the digital space, how unpaid work affects (or doesn't affect) quality, tips on advertising a concert, and audience building. Mark is director of the Byrd Ensemble and producer for Scribe Records. (June 2017)