Bora Yoon is an award-winning, Korean-American composer, vocalist, and sound artist who creates immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries — to create a unique language of storytelling with music, space, and sound.
Inspired by architecture, she has composed for the 55,000 sq. foot abandoned McCarren pool, historic churches, a Frank Gehry building, galleries and black box theaters, and the digital film and video realm with music art films, live dance, and multimedia performance. Collaborators include DJ Spooky, poet Sekou Sundiata, artist Ann Hamilton, choreographer Noemie Lafrance, Kaki King, live visualist R. Luke DuBois, digital artist Joshue Ott, LEMUR, among others.
Named one of the “14 Artists Who Are Transforming the Future of Opera” by Huffington Post, Yoon’s pioneering works have been presented by Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum (Korea), Singapore Arts Festival, MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, Walker Art Center, and The Broad, among others.
Yoon’s latest album SUNKEN CATHEDRAL (Innova) was released to a sold out theater at Asia Society New York in 2014 and was named Album of the Year by ABC Australia. The world premiere of the theatrical staged multimedia performance of SUNKEN CATHEDRAL was presented at the 2015 PROTOTYPE Festival, co-produced by HERE Arts Center and Beth Morrison Projects.
Classically trained and steeped in a first love of choral music. She is endlessly fascinated by the intersection of space and sound, maps, human Venn diagrams, handsome sounding kitchenware, subconscious association, memory, and the pulleys and strings that hold everything together. Yoon is a Music / Sound fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts, a TED Fellow and a doctoral fellow in Music Composition at Princeton University.