“…one of the most exciting creators working in the field of sound and performance today.”
– Creators Project
“totally unique.. ..expect the unexpected”
– KoreAm Journal
“mesmerizing” – New York Times
B O R A Y O O N
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Korean-American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon is an interdisciplinary artist who conjures audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries – to formulate an audiovisual storytelling through music, movement and sound.
Featured on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal and in the National Endowment for the Arts podcast for her musical innovations, Yoon’s music has been presented at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Singapore Arts Festival, the Nam Jun Paik Art Center (South Korea), the TED stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Centre for Art and Creativity, MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Walker Art Center, Broad Museum (LA), Park Avenue Armory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and universities and performing arts centers worldwide.
Equally comfortable performing solo on the TED stage as writing for a full orchestra -- from advertising and corporate collaborations, to music for dance, theater, film, multimedia performance, site-specific works with architecture, choir, and new media, Yoon’s work resonates with a wide and diverse range of genres, industries, communities, and collaborators including DJ Spooky, Samsung Telecommunications America, Samsung Anycall (Korea), Harlem-born poet Sekou Sundiata (The 51st (dream) state), Iceland-based electronic producer Ben Frost, French-Canadian director/choreographer Noémie Lafrance, Chinese choreographer Yin Mei Dance, SYMPHO directed by Paul Haas, Bang On A Can, International Contemporary Ensemble, indie-guitarist Kaki King, live graphics artist Joshue Ott, wax phonograph artist Aleks Kolkowski, visual artist Ann Hamilton (event of a thread), South Korean kinetic sculptor U-Ram Choe, filmmaker H. Paul Moon (Zen Violence Films), filmmaker Adam Larsen, Ellen Fullman (creator of the Long String Instrument), and NPR / WNYC's Jad Abumrad (Radiolab).
Yoon composed the original score to Haruki Murakami’s "Wind Up Bird Chronicle" directed by Stephen Earnhart (presented at the Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival; commissioned by Asia Society); created the music for podcast MIGRATION WATCH [Wire Magazine UK], and docufilm "Faces of Seoul" by Gina Kim.
Yoon has composed new works for Sympho, Metropolis Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Sō Percussion, the NJ Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra, Young People’s Chorus of New York, Modern Medieval, and the SAYAKA Ladies Consort of Tokyo. Recordings are available through INNOVA Recordings, Journal of Popular Noise, MIT Press, (gr)Albums, and Naxos — with select scores available through Boosey & Hawkes.
As a composer/performer, she created and performed in 2-person opera Sunken Cathedral (produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Art Center, PROTOTYPE Festival) with Korean traditional dance and drumming artist Vong Pak; and collaborates with data artist R. Luke DuBois (bitforms Gallery) in continually evolving explorations of technology and art. Forthcoming segments include new interactive gesture performance integrating Mi.Mu glove controllers, with gesture, voice, and hybrid new media performance.
Bora Yoon has been awarded a Music/Sound fellowship with the New York Foundation for the Arts, United Artists Initiative, Asian American Arts Alliance, a recording grant from the Sorel Organization for Women Composers, and most recently received a 2020 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and New Music USA project grant -- and been a resident artist at institutions including Park Avenue Armory, Ringling Museum, the Hermitage, HERE Arts / PROTOTYPE, LEMUR, and Harvestworks Digital Media, and Virginia Tech. Classically trained and steeped in a first love of choral music, Yoon is fascinated by the intersection of space and sound, maps, human Venn diagrams, handsome sounding kitchenware, sonorities, and the pulleys and strings that hold everything together. In all endeavors, she seeks to foster innovation of form in the arts, and its larger resonance in society.
Upcoming projects include new works for 23-year commissioning series DENSITY 2036 by MacArthur genius and flutist Claire Chase, solo for percussionist Steve Schick, hybrid Korean percussion solo for Ji Hye Jung, So Percussion, and multi-year wavefield synthesis residency at EMPAC - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Instruments used in performance: voice, violin, Tibetan singing bowls, cellphones, radios, water, bike bells, synthesizers, walkie-talkies, wind tubes, metronomes, Bible pages, spoons, found objects, viola through an octave pedal to become a bass, piano, tin cans, field recordings, electronics, and particular acoustic / architectural features of the venue itself. i.e. “things that make sound, and make sense together” -- which weave a larger sensory storytelling through music, sound, and scale.
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OPERA AMERICA awards Discovery Grant to Bora Yoon for new Asian opera based on South Korean cinema film
May 22, 2021
TIME:SPANS Festival dates announced! Featuring new wavefield synthesis works by Pamela Z, Miya Masaoka, Nina C. Young and Bora Yoon
February 11, 2023
Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA) publishes first electronic work for solo carillon + audio playback by Bora Yoon >> Available now!
June 6, 2021
Brooklyn Bound features new collaboration with Detroit Grooves' Maritza Garibay and Austin Richey w/ Bora Yoon. Presented by So Percussion.
June 15, 2021
Tippet Rise presents virtual premiere of new work for flutist Claire Chase in 23-year Density commissioning series.
February 11, 2021
Boosey & Hawkes now carrying 'Semaphore Conductus' by Bora Yoon for spatial acoustic surround choir and electronics
January 5, 2021
- Time is TBDNew YorkTime is TBDNew York, 150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, USARubin Museum of Himalayan Art presents the Mandala Gong Lab -- envisioned by curator Tim McHenry, to transfer energy and anger into mirror-like wisdom. Gongs donated by Peter Gabriel, Evelyn Glennie, Sheila E., Huang Ruo, Sarah Hennies, Shivamani, and scent library/video story by Laurie Anderson.