Devon Tipp

  • Graduate Student, Composition/Theory

Pittsburgh based composer/performer Devon Osamu Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. A PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, Tipp’s music draws influence from their Japanese and Eastern European roots,  experiences as a jeweler and painter, and studies of gagaku and hogaku in Japan and the US. Their compositions focus on rhythmic and timbral transmutation of cyclical materials, ranging from the orchestral, to string basses prepared with honey stirrers, to concerti for traditional Japanese instruments. They received their BMus from Montclair State University, where they studied composition and microtonal music with Dean Drummond, and shakuhachi with Elizabeth Brown. They have worked with Rarescale, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, the TAK Ensemble, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. Their compositions have been featured at the festivals such as the Soundscape Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Beyond 2020: Microtonal Music Festival, and the 2021 International Shakuhachi Festival in Prague. For more information, please visit