Kota Hayton (b. 1997) is a composer and vocalist based in Kansas City, Missouri, currently studying at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is interested in the intersections of various art mediums and has collaborated with film, dance, and poetry. His music has been performed by KC VITAs, the University of Tulsa String Quartet, the UMKC Orchestra, members of Mivos Quartet, Matthew Gold, and several close friends and colleagues.
Kota is currently exploring the similarities between our experiences of sounds and emotions. In a series of works, he is taking the structure of a sound’s amplitude envelope and applying it to an emotional experience, tracing its onset, decay, sustain, and release. The first of these works, in Fire by MoonLight, tracks the envelope of vulnerability and melancholy.
Although trained as an opera singer, he also enjoys singing in choirs, small chamber ensembles, and alongside electronics. He currently sings 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, baking bread, Indian food, and playing with his cat.