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music/Maker with Tyler Kline // Episode 13

Music and Linguistics as Personality with Ania Vu




On today's episode of music/Maker with Tyler Kline, Tyler is joined by composer Ania Vu.

Ania Vu writes music that explores the interplay between the sound properties of the words and their meanings, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. She also enjoys crafting her own text that serves as a sonic, formal, and expressive guiding reference in her musical writing process.

Her music has been described by the Boston Globe as an exhibition of "artful vocal writing [that] ranges from percussive whispers to glinting, pure-voiced lines that [...] blended elegantly into the roiling cauldron of strings.” Ania is the 2024 Composer-in-Residence at the Chelsea Music Festival, and has received recognition and fellowships from the American Opera Project, ASCAP, Copland House, Tanglewood, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the I-Park Foundation.

In this conversation, Ania shares what it was like growing up with a mom who is also a composer; how her multicultural background and interest in languages manifests in her music; the role of time as a philosophy in her practice; and so much more.

You can find Ania online at


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