July 26, 2007
BORA YOON (vox, electrocuted violin, Tibetan singing bowls, cell phones, musicbox, water, guitar, piano, foundsound, electronics) is a performance artist, composer, and mufti-instrumental sound architect.
Innovating everyday found objects, ancient and traditional instruments, and electronics in various permutations and sound environments, she currently tours her experimental soundwork with poet Sekou Sundiata (the 51st (dream) state, BAM Next Wave Festival, Walker Art Center, Melbourne Intl. Arts Festival), tabla artist Suphala (protege of Zakhir Hussein), and DJ Spooky (Subliminal Strings, Festival Sons D'Hiver) -and has performed with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble members, guitarist Kaki King (Velour Music, Sony), members of Bang On A Can All Stars, NY Fringe, multimedia artist Luke Dubois (Harvestworks, Columbia), and beatbox artists Adam Matta and Taylor McFerrin.
Original works include live acoustic stereophonic sound-murals for 7 sopranos on bicycles in Brooklyn's 55,000 sq. ft. empty McCarren Pool for site-specific dance piece Agora 11, the live sound score for aerial dance piece Rapture on Frank Gehry architecture with choreographer Noemie Lafrance, and has performed internationally from Melbourne to Paris to New York including the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, Tonic, John Zorn's The Stone, Roselee Goldberg's PERFORMA Arts Biennial, MTV Networks, and universities across the country. She has curated performers for the experimental music/film Summer Screen series, premiered a new one-woman experimental opera by Paul Steven Ray, and has garnered awards from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Billboard, and the Arlon Music Award committee.
Future plans include designing a site-specific choral piece featuring the acoustics of Lincoln Center Plaza, collaborations with Tod Machover (MIT Music & Media Lab), and forthcoming EP Sons Nouveau due for release in August 2007.
Photo by Gloria Cianelli