Arboreal Opera

Biodata Composition

Symphonies composed with plant biodata

About the Project

Inspired by The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Tsing and writings of Donna Haraway, Arboreal Opera is part compositional and part ethno-biographical project that aims to explore the interconnectedness between humans and ecological environments.

Arboreal Opera is a Symphonic, Operatic project that utilizes the combination of plant biodata, field recordings, and IR of natural forest ecosystems to create larger-than-life compositions that tell stories of arboreal and plant life.

The ongoing aim of the project is create a sonic map of the world connected through forests, wild parks and otherwise significant natural landmarks. To date, more than three cycles of Arboreal Opera have been supported by academic and artist grants that make it possible to continue to tell the stories of our vital, shared ecosystems.