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MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE // SUNKEN CATHEDRAL

A 2-person chamber opera, based on the idea of (cultural) blood memory and epigenetics (an emerging field of psychology, tracing how trauma is inherited from generation to generation).   Featuring Korean-American vocalist, composer/performer/multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon and Korean-American percussionist and dance artist, Vong Pak.   Directed by Glynis Rigsby.  Set design by Tom Lee, Video design by Adam Larsen, Lighting design by Haejin Han, Costume by JungHyun Georgia Lee.  

World Premiere presented in January 2015, at LaMama Experimental Theater, NYC with the 3rd annual PROTOTYPE Festival, NYC.  Produced by HERE Art Center and Beth Morrison Projects   more photos >>>

GRAPHIC ALBUM // SUNKEN CATHEDRAL



Graphic album Sunken Cathedral releases on iPad, November 2nd 2014.   (Gr)Album Collective.

RECORDING // SUNKEN CATHEDRAL (2014)

INNOVA, label of the American Composers Forum, releases Sunken Cathedral — CD and Limited Edition Collectors Vinyl Double-LP.   Blood red vinyl and black vinyl — designed as kinetic spinning art objects.   Co-produced by R. Luke DuBois. iTunes >>

PERFORMANCE COMPOSITION // Inspiral with Sympho

PERFORMANCE // Ann Hamilton’s ‘event of a thread’

FILM MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE // LUCID POSSESSION by Toni Dove

COMPOSITION // SYMPHO Tower Project

MULTIMEDIA // Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Directed by Stephen Earnhart, co-written with Greg Pierce, Set and Puppet Design by Tom Lee, Lighting Design by Laura Mrockowski, Sound Design and Music by Jane Shaw, Costume Design by Oana Botez-Ban, Video Projection Design by Adam Larsen and Shawn Duan, Music and Live performance by Bora Yoon. Supported by the Asia Society, Japan Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, NYSCA, Saison Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 3LD, Under the Radar, and GOH Productions.

COMPOSITION // ARCO

ARCO w/ SYMPHO | co-composed with Paul K. Fowler and Paul Haas

MULTIMEDIA // ( (( PHONATION )) ) Live w/ Luke DuBois


“A shatteringly beautiful performance.” -Feast of Music

( (( PHONATION )) ) is a multimedia solo performance by Bora Yoon with live video manipulations by Luke DuBois (BitForms Gallery) — exploring where sound connects to the subliminal using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, and voice.  (more…)

MUSIC // My End Is My Beginning w/ New York Polyphony

a unique collaboration exploring the meditative and transcendental properties of sound“Stunning. They created ritual, spirit and benediction.”
-Concerto News

Classical / contemporary program, “My End Is My Beginning”: a unique hybrid co-bill and collaboration between classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony and experimental composer/ performer Bora Yoon – marrying new and sacred music. 

This unique musical program, explores the cyclicality of human expression, pairing Medieval compositions with experimental new music and culminating in the convergence of ancient and modern melodies. (more…)

COMPOSITION // CPS/RPM

a surround choral performance piece | cycles per second by revolutions per minute
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RECORDING ( (( PHONATION )) ) (2008)

PHONATION (Swirl Records, 2008)There’s a kind of boom and bust cycle in modern music (kind of like there is in modern everything) in which certain varieties of music — especially popular and “new” music — are periodically characterized as “dying” or “already dead,” only to then be miraculously resurrected by one or another savior figure/band/composer/whatever, which starts the whole process over again. As with the boom and bust cycle in economics, there also seems to be a law of diminishing returns with each reiteration. Each new claimant to this imaginary musical throne (more…)

MULTIMEDIA // Lightning at Our Feet // Michael Gordon & Ridge Theatre

Lightning at Our Feet | Emily Dickinson multimedia songcycle“I Went to Heaven” from Lightning at our Feet:

“the Day Came Slow” from Lightning at our Feet:

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COMPOSITION // Telemegaphone Concerto

audio John Malkovich-ing to Western Norway (more…)

RECORDINGS // Journal of Popular Noise w/ Ben Frost

a semi-annual audio mag, released on 7'' records, John Cage 'score' style“Funcomfortably Yours” – fucked up spine-cracking audiophile fun :

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COMPOSITION // Semaphore Conductus

a live choral sound installation in surround | communication's evolution through time
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FILM // Samsung Anycall (Korea)

Bora broadcast in Korea — starring in Samsung Anycall commercial film for nightly 9pm news timecheck.  Posted below for your amusement & multi-culti bemusement.

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DANCE // RAPTURE

an aerial dance piece untop Frank Gehry architecture  |  Fisher Center, Bard College

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MULTIMEDIA // The 51st Dream State // by Sekou Sundiata

Sekou Sundiata's call to a Nation, on the precipice  | a multimedia work“New American Theatre” by Sekou Sundiata & Bora Yoon:

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DANCE // Agora II w/ Noémie Lafrance in the 55,000 sq ft McCarren Pool

Staging the historic McCarren Pool (more…)

MULTIMEDIA // Subliminal Strings w/ DJ Spooky

Classical & contemporary meets hip hop | Live mashups Subliminal Strings | Live w/ DJ Spooky:

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