Marissa deitz

songwriter  |  composer/performer  |  facilitator


I live in Oakland CA and write music about heartbreak, ennui, plants, my cat, friendship, space, place, euphoria. I like words, so I like writing songs. I'm interested in sounds, so I also compose electroacoustic and contemporary chamber music. I've been facilitating a songwriting community / accountability group called Music Every Week for the past year and a half, and it's grown into a flourishing resource for fellow soundmakers.

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Marissa Deitz (b. 1990) is a composer and performer located in Oakland, CA. She works in electro-acoustic composition, multimedia and live video processing, and as a songwriter under the moniker Sucker Crush. She has performed nationally as a cellist, vocalist, guitarist, improviser, and electronic musician.  Deitz holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media at Mills College, having studied with James Fei, Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros. She also holds a BM in Music Composition from Columbia College Chicago, studying under composers Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, and Marcos Balter. As a cellist, she has studied privately with Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet), Nancy Ives (Principal Cellist, Oregon Symphony), and Chris Wild (Ensemble Dal Niente).

Deitz' work thrives at the intersections of songwriting, experimental electronic music, and contemporary classical composition. Deitz aims to disrupt the exclusionary nature of contemporary classical music culture while harnessing its attitude of experimentalism and technical excellence.

Recent projects include a national tour and the release of the EP Middle Mattress Chasm as Sucker Crush, I fell down naked a cold river caught me as Tuckamore with songwriter/engineer Adam Hirsch, vocal and cello performance with the Glenview Classical Series, durational performance in Ragnar Kjartansson's Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy, guitar improvisation for the SFMOMA Sountracks Exhibit by Chris Kallmyer and Mark Allen, and original music for the critically acclaimed indie games Little Party (2016), River Bones (2017) and FOREVER TRANSIT AUTHORITY (2018). Composition commissions include pieces for cellist Bryan Hayslett, and Ryan Muncy & Amanda DeBoer Bartlett of Ensemble Dal Niente. Past projects include the founding of indie tape label Other Coast, the release of two albums with acoustic chamber pop group Wooden Rings, the release of From Another Room (2014) as avant-pop duo The Vale, Immediacy (2018) by Yoko Ok, as a member of Bill Baird's touring band, and providing arrangements and studio recordings on countless albums for other artists.