Inga Chinilina

Born in Moscow, USSR, composer, sound artist, and a pianist Inga Chinilina is currently residing in Boston, MA. Her works have been performed by Lydian String Quartet, Loadbang Ensemble, Splice Ensemble, Russia State Academic Russian folk ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music (MCME) Ensemble, String Noise Violin Duo, Sound Icon Ensemble, and Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include a Helder recorder trio for the Zeitströme festival of new music at Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt and an interactive sound installation at Bernstein Festival of the Arts. Inga holds a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. Among her interests there are early music, non-tempered sonorities, and live electronics.




/zʋôn/ means “bell” in some Slavic languages or "bell sound" in Russian. Whereas European bells produce tuned intervals, Russian bells produces an overlay of different non tempered frequencies with the strongest ones being nearby intervals of 9th and seconds. Harmonies in this piece are based on the spectrals of the most famous Russian Bells from Pskov, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Yaroslavl; a total of nine bells with the oldest originating in 1547 (Pskov) and the youngest — XIX-XX century Moscow. Rhythms are inspired by traditional patterns of orthodox bell ringing.


(a minimal poem by Aram Saroyan)

for solo bass clarinet





was composed for Russia, the state’s academic Russian folk ensemble in 2018 in a collaboration with The Roscosmos State Corporation for space activities. The project is dedicated to enriching our interaction with space through art, to develop a new approach to composition, and to create new performance techniques with Russian folk instruments. During the performance visitors were able to virtually attend the International Space Station using VR-glasses.


Lullaby for the Earth - a Sound Sculpture

The sounds you hear are lullabies from various cultures manipulated by the real-time synthesis. The round object you see is a 3-D copy of our moon. Moving the moon affects the surroundings.

For me, these sounds also evoke memories from the childhood. Sometimes I want to go back there, but do I even remember what it is? While going through memories, it is easy to get caught into false ones. However, when we finally stop moving (here is the hint!) we can grasp something real. But do we ever fully stop? Real memories are fragile and will quickly slip through our fingers anyway.

Made possible by the Brandeis Office of the Arts


/jakaˈmoz/ -- phosphorescence in the sea due to bioluminescent dinoflagellates or the reflection of moonlight or other lights on water.

Helder Tenor Recorders: Johannes Fischer, Hildrun Wunsch, Marie Kalender

Zeitströme 2019



for Loadbang Emseble

Astra inclinant, sed non obligant. Carpe omnia

The stars incline us, they do not bind us. Seize everything



For trumpet, piano, percussion, lights, and electronics.

BEAMS festival 2018


solo piano



Stars on Dark Water was composed in the year 2017. The composition reflects our ephemeral being and striving for perfection. Due to the light speed when you look at stars you look in the past. Many of the stars we see at night have already died but their light is just reaching us now. Some fade away, some explode. But in the end stars are mortal. We are mortal. We are the stars.

Performed by Lydian String Quartet at Slosberg Recital Hall, Waltham, MA.