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Composer, playwright and author Joanna Brouk has died

She developed her work as a sound poet and performer during her studies with Terry Riley and Robert Ashley

American composer Joanna Brouk has died. Her death on 28 April followed a diagnosis of cancer, announced Blank Form on behalf of her family.

Brouk was a pioneer of electronic and new age music who explored the underlying sounds of words and their effects on the emotions and health. She also wrote extensively for theatre, television and radio. At Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, she studied under Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and in the 1980s she released a series of cassettes on her Hummingbird Productions label. Brouk was producer and programme director at San Francisco Bay Area's KPFA radio.

Last year the Numero label released the first major collection of Brouk’s work. Called Hearing Music, it reached number 31 in The Wire's 2016 Archive Releases Of The Year, featured in issue #395.

The New York based Blank Form had planned to present a Brouk concert in June as a follow-up to her first performance in 30 years, which took place in France last month.