Kota Hayton (b. 1997) is a composer and vocalist based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently a student at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. He is interested in the intersections of various art mediums and has collaborated with several filmmakers, choreographer Tianna Morton, and poet Meghan Mohn. His music has been performed by the University of Tulsa String Quartet, the UMKC Orchestra, members of Mivos Quartet, Matthew Gold, and several close friends and colleagues. He works in a wide range of genres including new music, electro-acoustic music, noise-rock, and singer-songwriter.
Although trained as an opera singer, he also enjoys singing in choirs, small chamber ensembles, and alongside electronics. He is currently singing with the Conservatory Singers at UMKC, and KC VITAs, a professional choir dedicated to performing music by living composers. He has premiered several new works as a soloist and in the chamber choir at the Walden School's Creative Musician's Retreat in both 2017 and 2018. At the same program in 2018, he was the narrator and vocalist for Frederic Rzewski's "Coming Together" and "Attica." As a performer of electronic music, he improvises with homemade electronic instruments, his voice, and live processing and manipulation.
Kota likes clouds, hiking, Indian food, coffee, and playing with his cat.