Aenon Loo

Aenon Jia-en LOO (b. 1979) is currently a doctoral candidate in composition and electronic music at Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2002.

With his composition Last Days, hommage ? Messiaen (2.1999), Loo was awarded best composition by the Hong Kong New Generation (6.1999) and First prize of the Young Composer Award by the Asian Composer's League (8.2000, held in Yokohama, Japan.) His work has been performed by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Radio Kamer Orkest (Nethelands), and various ensembles in the US, Europe and East Asia.

As a sound artist, he works mainly in the field of Electro-Acoustic Improvisation, with acute attention paid to the dialogue with background noise.

Aenon's current area of interest is in Chinese aesthetics, Christian mysticism, Zen, Taoism, the idea of garbage; forgetting; the Neutral. Aenon is also an aspiring chefproprietor of Non's Kitchen, where he devotes time to feeding his friends.

His music is released under Creative Commons license and downloadable at:

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