bora yoon
bora yoon
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Biography

“…one of the most exciting creators working in the field of sound and performance today.”– Creators Project

Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing” and by KoreAm Journal as “totally unique.. ..expect the unexpected,” 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.

Yoon performed the live score to Haruki Murakami’s Wind Up Bird Chronicle directed by Stephen Earnhart (Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival) commissioned by Asia Society, has written and performed her 2-person opera Sunken Cathedral (produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Art Center) featuring Korean traditional dance and drumming artist Vong Pak — and continues her ongoing audiovisual duo collaboration with multimedia artist R. Luke DuBois (bitforms Gallery) with ( (( PHONATION )) ) and ever-evolving experiments with technology and art.  From site-specific works to music for dance, theater, multimedia happenings, and art galleries, Yoon’s work resonates with an astonishingly diverse range of genres, communities, and geographies:

Wide-ranging collaborators include the late poet Sekou Sundiata (The 51st (dream) state), Iceland-based electronic producer Ben Frost, visual artist Ann Hamilton (event of a thread), choreographers Yin Mei Dance and Noémie Lafrance, early music quartet New York Polyphony, video artist Adam Larsen, filmmaker H. Paul Moon, composer Michael Gordon (Lightning at Our Feet), SYMPHO directed by Paul Haas, DJ Spooky, guitarist Kaki King, live visualist Joshue Ott, the League of Electronic Musicians and Urban Robots, phonograph artist Aleks Kolkowski, Korean traditional dance and drumming artist Vong Pak, kinetic sculptor U-Ram Choe, data visualist R. Luke DuBois, amongst many others.   Yoon has been commissioned to write new works for Metropolis Ensemble, Musica Viva, Young People’s Chorus of New York, Sō Percussion and the SAYAKA chorale of Tokyo.   Recordings are available through INNOVA Recordings, Popular Noise, Swirl Records, MIT Press, iTunes, (gr)Albums, and Naxos — and select scores through Boosey & Hawkes Publishing.

Yoon’s music has been presented at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Singapore Arts Festival, the Nam Jun Paik Museum (South Korea), MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, and Walker Art Center, among others.  She is a TED2014 fellow, 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Music/Sound, United Artists fellow with the Asian American Arts Alliance, has been an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory, Ringling Museum, the Hermitage, HERE Art Center/PROTOTYPE, and with the Sorel Organization — and is currently a doctoral fellow in Music Composition, at Princeton University.

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.

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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 dropping pedal to sound like a bass, piano, tin cans, field recordings, electronics, and particular acoustic and architectural features of the venue itself  (stage as instrument).  i.e. “things that make sound, and make sense together.”  She is a bel canto soprano, a professional psalmist and cantor, with perfect pitch, ninja sight reading skills, and a penchant for the peculiar.
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Discography

SUNKEN CATHEDRAL Trilogy
(Gr)Album Collective

An interactive graphic album on iPad, featuring the kinetic sculptures of U-Ram Choe, to music from Sunken Cathedral.

SUNKEN CATHEDRAL
INNOVA Records

label of the American Composers Forum

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WAX CYLINDER ARCHIVE
by Aleks Kolkowski
“PLINKO” single from ( (( PHONATION )) )
2011

JOURNAL OF POPULAR NOISE
w/ Ben Frost
Vol. 3 / Issue 8
2008

( (( PHONATION )) )
Swirl Records
2008

As A Guest:

surrexitchristus.jpgNEW YORK POLYPHONY
Tudor City
iTunes bonus track
Avie Records
2010

shift_bora_remix.jpgTHE SHIFT
On This Side Remix
2010

KAKI KING
Dreaming Of Revenge | Velour
2008

Compilations:

TRANSIENT GLORY
Cantaloupe Records
2015

with Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Michael Gordon, John Corigliano, Paquito D’Rivera, and Bora Yoon

Innova | 2010NYFA COLLECTION
Innova Music
2010

25 year compendium of NYFA fellows

SOUND UNBOUND
MIT Press | SubRosa
2008

by DJ Spooky

Introduction by
Steve Reich

BORA YOON
Sunken Cathedral

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