The Composer

Intermedia composer, percussionist, author, and obsessive sci-fi buff, Young composes mind-numbing electroacoustic works heard in Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe. Her music has been heard in film festivals, radio, electronic dance clubs, random boom boxes in France, and as not-so-pleasant background music. Her multimedia works have been performed at venues like the Beijing Conservatory, the International Computer Music Conference, Miramax’s Project Greenlight, the Athena Festival, the New York International Independent Film Festival, Art Basil Miami, Turkey’s Cinema for Peace, and Pulsefield International Exhibition of Sound Art.

Sabrina Peña Young, the daughter of Dominican and Cuban parents, grew up in South Florida during the 1980s. Starting her creative journey as a musician, Young spent her teen years and much of her college life performing in various orchestras, alternative bands, and avant-garde ensembles. While at University of South Florida in Tampa in 2000, Sabrina Peña Young became involved with SYCOM (Systems Complex for the Recording and Performing Arts), an experimental enclave of composers and media artists and abandoned the sticks for technology. She worked with Emmy-winning director Charles Lyman at Atlantic Productions before leaving Tampa to study music technology at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in 2003.

Over the next several years Young explored media and music, writing music and creating zombie effects for indie B horror films, composing complex electronic media works like World Order #5, composing music for Kalup Linzy in his film Conversations wid de churn II and studying film for a year at Florida International University in Miami where she premiered works like A Portrait of Urban Life at Art Basil Miami and Arts Miami before dropping out in 2006 to teach art to homeless children.

Combining her love of music and love of science fiction imagery, in 2011 Young received a New Genre Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music for her futuristic multimedia oratorio Creation. In 2012 Young composed scores for the Rob Cabreraanimated short Monica (2012) and Sean Fleck’s time-laps film Americana.

Wanting to explore film further, Sabrina Peña Young began production on Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, a science fiction machinima opera produced entirely online. In 2013 Libertaria: The Virtual Opera was premiered in Lake Worth, Florida.In 2014, Young gave a TED Talk at TEDxBuffalo on “Singing Geneticists and EPIC Machinima Opera”. Libertaria was presented at the Holland Animation Film Festival, AnimaSyros, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, the Hildegaard Festival, Opera America in New York City, and TEDxBuffalo, as well as online and throughout the United States. In 2015 Young published her debut novel Libertaria: Genesis as an addendum to her groundbreaking opera and collaborated with composer Lee Scott on his interactive social media opera The Village.

SELECT FILMOGRAPHY

Spiritus (In Progress)
Alicia and the White Rabbit (In Progress)
The Murder Zone
Freak of Nature: 10 Years Later
Life Line
Bug Love
Libertaria: The Virtual Opera
Singularity
Virelaan
Monica
Americana
Lullaby
Origins
ENIGMA
Innermost Thoughts of the Distorted Psyche
World Order #5
Metamorph
Dollmare
Timeman
US vs Them
World Order #2
Portrait of Urban Life
Creation Electronica
Valley of the Shadow
REQUIEM
Psychosis I: Dissociation
World Order #4
The War
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