LYNEA DIAZ-HAGAN is vocalist, composer, writer, and installation artist whose work combines traditional storytelling with experimental sound and improvisation.
Her latest project, Ocean, is an original musical theater work that combines live performance, jazz, and sound installation to take the audience on a coming-of-age journey that explores moral responsibility and climate change.
Previous projects include Coulterville, a multimedia installation exhibited at Live Worms Gallery, about an outpost of survivors after cataclysmic climate change events, and Dendrochronology: A Work in Progress, a soundscape exploring the sonic dance between nature, people, and industrialization in a California logging town. Both pieces were developed with artist grants from the North Street Collective.
As a vocalist, Lynea has collaborated with pianist-composer Ramin Zoufonoun on projects combining the jazz and Persian classical traditions; Baharaneh, a sixty-minute celebration of the Iranian festival of spring, was sponsored by the Iranian Studies department of San Jose State University, and Paradox of Balance was curated by Jon Raskin for the Center for New Music.
Though most of Lynea’s current work is focused on interdisciplinary live performance and installation, Lynea also performs as a jazz singer and church vocalist throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with a variety ensembles at local venues and institutions including Cafe Claude, Revolution Cafe, Divine Wine & Jazz, San Francisco State University, The Jazz School, and the Westside Jazz Club.
Lynea earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, an MA in Jazz Studies/Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, and BA in English from Yale University.