Bora Yoon Graduate Student: Composition

Korean-American composer, vocalist and sound artist Bora Yoon creates immersive musical soundscapes using digital devices, voice, found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries – evoking memory and association, to formulate a sensory multimedia storytelling  through sound, noise, gesture, and music. 

Featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and in WIRE Magazine for her musical innovations, — Yoon’s works have been presented by Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, TED, the Nam June Paik Art Center (Korea), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, MADE Festival (Sweden) and Walker Art Center, and universities around the world.

Commissions in collaboration with architecture include choral surround-sound composition “Semaphore Conductus”, kinetic choral work , “Doppler Dreams” for sopranos on bicycles in a historic WPA abandoned pool, carillon and electronics work “SOUNDFIELDS” featuring the Class of 1892 bells with the Princeton Laptop Orchesra, “ARCO”, the first symphonic commission created specifically for the vast Park Avenue Armory drill hall space, “TOWER” within Ann Hamilton’s tower in Oliver Ranch.  

Her music has been awarded by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Billboard, BMI, and the Arion Foundation; published by SubRosa, Innova, Swirl Records, and the Journal of Popular Noise; and commissioned by So Percussion, SYMPHO, Metropolis Ensemble, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, the Sayaka Ladies Consort of Tokyo, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound.

Collaborators range across many spectrum of form, including late poet Sekou Sundiata, site-specific choreographer Noémie Lafrance, live visualist Joshue Ott, composer Michael Gordon (Bang On A Can), Iceland-based producer Ben Frost (Bedroom Community), thereminist Armen Ra, guitarist Kaki King, and longtime collaborator, data artist R. Luke DuBois.

Her work is featured scoring and performing the live music for Haruki Murakami’s “Wind Up Bird Chronicle”– an interdisciplinary theatre adaptation directed by Stephen Earnhart, presented by the Barshynikov Arts Center and the Asia Society, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival.  

Her last release and award-winning record SUNKEN CATHEDRAL (INNOVA) was released in multi-media formats as limited-edition LP kinetic art objects, original music videos featuring the kinetic sculptures of Korean artist U-ram Choe (bitforms gallery), and as a staged opera (PROTOTYPE Festival, HERE Arts, Beth Morrison Projects).

Yoon is a Music/Sound fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts, and New Jersey State Council for the Arts, a TED fellow, and a doctoral candidate in music composition and the interdisciplinary humanities at Princeton University.  

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