bora yoon
bora yoon
About:    Biography   |   Artist Statement


“…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”, Korean-American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon is a passionately 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 scored 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 cutting-edge 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 in most unexpected and enriching ways:

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 pioneering music have been presented at the Nam Jun Paik Museum (South Korea), Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Singapore Arts Festival, MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, and Walker Art Center, among others.  She is a TED2014 fellow, a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Music/Sound, a United Artists fellow with the Asian American Arts Alliance, 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.


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).  She is a bel canto soprano, a professional psalmist and cantor, with perfect pitch, ninja sight reading skills, and a penchant for the peculiar. When asked, ‘what do you play?’, in nutshell: “I essentially make music out of things that make sound, and make sense together.”

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(Gr)Album Collective

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

INNOVA Records

label of the American Composers Forum

Double-LP (Ltd Edition on blood red vinyl) + CD  now available >>>

by Aleks Kolkowski
“PLINKO” single from ( (( PHONATION )) )

w/ Ben Frost
Vol. 3 / Issue 8

( (( PHONATION )) )
Swirl Records

As A Guest:

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

shift_bora_remix.jpgTHE SHIFT
On This Side Remix

Dreaming Of Revenge | Velour


Cantaloupe Records

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

Innova Music

25 year compendium of NYFA fellows

MIT Press | SubRosa

by DJ Spooky

Introduction by
Steve Reich

Sunken Cathedral

Now available!
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