Michael Masaru Flora was born in 1981 in Mission Viejo, California. He is currently based in Minneapolis working with sound in different contexts.
Flora studied media arts at San Francisco State University and graduated with a BA in 2006. In 2010, he traveled to India where he studied Hindustani music theory with Pandit Shivnath Mishra.
Since founding the micro-label Nada in 2011, he has released music by Austrian computer music virtuoso Tim Blechmann, Basque sound artist Miguel A. García, and Bay Area multi-disciplinary artist Collin McKelvey. Additionally, Nada has served as a platform for the curation of various concerts, multimedia events, and podcasts.
Flora has presented work nationally in galleries, clubs, theatres, warehouses, and DIY spaces. In 2015, his sound and light installation "Chord Study" was exhibited at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). In 2016, he was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center to create "Nothing," a new performance piece for sound and movement in collaboration with Butoh artist Gadu.
Currently, he is finalizing work on an untitled audio piece to be presented at Franconia in the City and preparing for the second presentation of "Nothing" at St Cloud State University. His cassette release "Xi" is forthcoming on Minneapolis-based record label Sympathy Limited.
My interest is in the exploration of sound via research and artistic practice. Through performance, installation, and recording I create pieces that examine sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception.