Lona Kozik is a composer, pianist, improviser, sound artist and radio maker. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at Mills College in Oakland, California, she performs regularly as both a classical pianist and an improviser. She is half of the piano duo 4Hands (with Elie Fruchter) specializing in early modernist French music incorporating Dadaist, Surrealist and silent movies.
Improvisation projects include the duo Golinski/Kozik (piano) with drummer, Chris Golinski; Candy Acid (electric violin), an ambient electronic duo with Gretchen Jude (Roland SP404 processing unit); and the trio Half Moon Assemblage with Sam Richards and Elie Fruchter.
The Golinski/Kozik duo’s CD Spelaeology was issued on the Edgetone label in 2015. Candy Acid devised and performed the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Residency in various stations using the urban environmental sound as a co-partner in their improvisations. Half Moon Assemblage has improvised to silent movies, including F.W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu.
She has composed music for solo piano and various ensembles, including the Ten Tors Orchestra and the piano duo of Frank Denyer and Catherine Laws. In 2009 her suite of piano etudes, Fast Jump, was issued on the Innova label by the American pianist, Danny Holt, and received favourable critical review. Her compositions have been played in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada.
In 2012 Lona started making programmes at Soundart Radio and served on its Board of Directors from 2013-2014. She contributes programmes and sound installations to its broadcasting schedule. Her radio work has also been featured on the Radia network and on WDR in Germany.
Since 2016 she has been sound artist, interviewer and composer in the Open University project Sounding Coastal Change, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and focussed on the coast and communities of the North Norfolk Coast. In this capacity she has contributed a sound installation for the National Trust observation tower at Morston Quay, and More Water in the Sea, a 20 minute collaboration with film maker Gair Dunlop featuring sounds, voices, music and footage of local floods and landscapes.
She and Sam Richards run the Totnes School of Piano. See www.totnesschoolofpiano.co.uk/
Please go to lonakozik.wix.com/lona-kozik for more information.