Leyna Marika Papach is a musician and interdisciplinary artist from Japan and the United States. Her compositions house the languages of dance, theater, sound, and image.
Leyna’s performative work has been presented internationally. Her latest opera, SONG was premiered in 2016 at the HERE, NYC, and she has written and directed four evening-length pieces in between her work as a composer. As a violinist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, both as a collaborator and interpreter (J.G.Thirwell, Geraldine Fibbers/Nels Cline and Carla Bozulich, Clarinda Mac Low, Taylor Mac and many others), performing in venues/festivals such as; Unlimited Festival (Austria), HAU (Berlin), International House (Japan), Dance Afrique Dance (Paris/Tunisia) All Tomorrow's Parties (US) and New York venues such as BAM, UNESCO, Beacon Theater, St.Anne’s Warehouse, The Stone, Issue project room and many others.
Leyna holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Bard College, MA in Theater and Dance studies from DasArts, Amsterdam, and studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music as well as at the UMKC conservatory of music in Kansas City.