Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Recent projects include a marble chase and a commission for Klangforum Wien. Her work has been presented in 23 countries and described by The New York Times as “the evening’s most consistently alluring … a quiet but lush meditation.” Her decade-long studies of the guqin, the Chinese 7-string zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature, has informed her thinking on listening in social spaces. Recordings are available on Perishable, the wulf., Quakebasket, and Play It Forward. She earned a PhD in music from UC San Diego, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honours thesis on free improvisation and radical politics.