Amy Knoles, is a composer/percussionist who tours globally performing computer assisted live electronic music with percussion controllers and linear/interactive video. Her work has been described as being of "frightening beauty, fascinating, complex" -N.P.R. A "Los Angeles' new music Luminary, infinitely variable, infinitely fascinating" - Los Angeles Times. Amy is the recipient of the “2006 Meet The Composer “Commissioning Music” Award to create the piece SACRED COW with Butoh Dancer Michael Sakamoto, the 2005 American Composers Forum Subito Grant 2007 & 2005, the Durfee Grant - 2003, "UNESCO International Prize for the Performing Arts - 2000," the 1999-2000 "Individual Artist Fellowship" Award from C.O.L.A., the 2001 Lester Horton Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music for Dance," and she was the 1996 ASCAP Foundation" Composer-in-Residence at the Music Center of Los Angeles," recently created a sound environment for the J. Paul Getty Museum's walking tour, and the composer for Collage Dance Theater.
Ms. Knoles has been the Executive Director of the California E.A.R. Unit for twenty-six years (recently awarded the "Letter of distinction" from the American Music Center) which had been the Ensemble in Residence at the Los Angeles county Museum of Art for nineteen years, now finds their home at REDCAT. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Rachel Rosenthal, LA Master Chorale, NatPlast, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, The Bang On A Can All Stars, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Collage Dance Theater, Basso Bongo, Squint, J. Cage, E. Carter, M. Feldman, A. Knowles, L. Andriessen, M. Kagel, C. Wourinin, J. Wolfe, D. Preston, F. Zappa, M. Subotnick, S. Reich, T. Machover, Flea, Q. Jones, and many others.
Amy has recorded nearly 30 CDs of new music and is proud to announce the release of her solo recordings "Men in the Cities" and 2 x 10 x 10 x 10 + 1", on the Echograph Label.