The Wire described composer Jason Cady’s one-act opera, Post-Madonna Prima Donna, as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” WQXR’s Operavore praised his two-act opera Happiness is the Problem as keeping “the energy hovering at 11 consistently, fusing the stilettoed coloratura of Mozart’s ‘Queen of the Night’ with Glass at his most hyper-caffeinated; you’re left gasping at the end for a reprieve, while admiring the psychological underpinnings of Cady’s work.” New Music Box raved about the “colorful scoring, sassy rhythms, and sweetly angular melodies” in his one-act opera, The Mother.
Cady’s CDs have been released on Lockstep records and Peacock recordings. He has received funding for his projects from the Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, and the American Music Center. His music has been performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Stone, (le) Poisson Rouge, Tonic and in many other venues in New York City and throughout the US from Arizona to Alaska. He has lectured on his music at New York University, New School University, and Arizona State University. He has been interviewed on WBEZ, WNYC, WPIR, and East Village Radio. NPR featured him in “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.”
Cady co-founded Experiments in Opera (EiO) with composers Matt Welch and Aaron Siegel, which has presented the music of Robert Ashley, John Zorn, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Leaha Maria Villarreal, Joe Diebes, Georges Aperghis, et al. EiO will be in residence at Abrons Art Center for the 2013-2014 season.
Cady teaches piano, guitar, drums, and composition lessons. He also works as the senior researcher at The Earle Brown Music Foundation. In January 2013 he presented a paper at Beyond Notation: An Earle Brown Symposium at Northeastern University.
Cady has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied composition with Richard Lerman, Harold Budd and Daniel Lentz. He was born in 1974 in Flint, Michigan and has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2001.