Like any little girl, I wanted to be a famous rock drummer when I grew up. I drove my parents crazy drumming away in the garage, the attic, or wherever they could stash me and my mess of percussion instruments away. As I got older (I'd say wiser, but that's not really the case) I started studying composition with Dr. Clare Shore in sunny South Florida. When I transferred to the University of South Florida and joined SYCOM (an avant-garde collective of insane arts students and electronic musicians) I knew I had found my calling - experimental intermedia (or mixing video with electronic music and drums).
I traded in my drumsticks for a mouse and decided to follow my love of rhythm, media technology, and science fiction to create groundbreaking futurist and sometimes downright creepy works like World Order #5, virelaan, and Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, the world's first feature length machinima opera. I enjoy combining futuristic fantasy with technology and creating innovative hybrid works that have never been seen before. So enjoy some of my music, watch a crazy video, commission me for a project, or lets meet up sometime for a chat. The future of music is now, and it is an incredible thing!
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Contact Sabrina Peña Young for your next creative project, educational program, conference, or special event: Spenayoung@gmail.com
Young is the foremost expert on virtual opera production and online collaboration with the debut of her machinima opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. Libertaria includes a live international cast and film crew, virtual choirs, sound synthesis, machinima, and contemporary choral writing, produced entirely online using crowdsourcing, social networking, and the Internet. Libertaria premiered October 5th, 2013 in Lake Worth, Florida, with additional screenings at the Buffalo Women and Arts Festival, the UK-site Moviestorm, the Holland Animation Film Festival, and other venues.
Young is a sought-after lecturer and writer on music technology, social media, online collaboration, marketing, and contemporary music.
"The music of Libertaria is an eclectic, accessible mix of styles, some of it more or less traditionally operatic, other parts closer to pop and Broadway. Fittingly for its subject matter, it has a rather dark tonal quality, though even the most somber moments of the score have prominent rhythms that propel the music forward." - Music Critic Greg Stepanich from the Palm Beach Arts Paper
Not limited to contemporary classical music and new media, Young enjoys writing commercial work like the upcoming third album for the Unravelling Music Series where she delves into everything from Lady Gaga to her original catchy folk tune "Pink Slips and Morning Joe," sung by Nashville veteran and member of the Buffalo-based The Carolina Gentlemen singer/songwriter Wes Walters.
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