Join the Emily Harvey Foundation for a concert tracing contemporary and emerging sound practices back to 1960s pioneering and legendary works by Japanese women experimental sound artists based in New York, including Tomoko Hojo (ACC 2019).

Program line-up

Ikue Mori
Laptop Improvisation

Tomoko Hojo
Vocal/sound performance based on her research on Yoko Ono’s screaming

Keiko Uenishi
CDL - episode Within the reach of..., an experiential/phenomenological sound-performance/installation/method for redefining a space through audio-feedback

+ Mieko Shiomi's Water Music for a SP record and screenings of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, CarnegieRecital Hall, New York, March 21, 1965 (Documented by the Maysles Brothers) and Takako Saito’sinterview

Ikue Mori arrived in New York in 1977 and joined the band DNA as a drummer. In the mid 1980s, she startedplaying drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music, where she forged her own highly sensitivesignature style. Since then, she has been involved in the downtown New York music scene. She has collaboratedwith numerous musicians and artists in the US, Europe, and Asia while continuing to produce and publish her ownmusic. Ikue won the Digital Music Prix Ars Electronic Award in 1999 and, shortly afterward, started using laptopcomputer to expand her vocabulary into sounds and visual work. She Received The Instant Award in ImprovisedMusic in 2019. She has recently collaborated with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Brian Marsella, Sae Hashimoto, SylvieCourvoisier, Satoko Fujii, and Joan Jonas.

Tomoko Hojo is an artist working between sound, music, and performance. Her recent work is centered aroundJapanese women’s silenced voices from history like Yoko Ono and Sadayakko Kawakami. Recent solo exhibitionsand concerts include Unearthed Tremor (Contemporary Art Center Aomori, 2021); fall asleep (SoundArtist.rugallery, Moscow, 2021); Music From Japan Festival 2021 (Scandinavia House, New York, 2021); Sotto Voce(TOKAS Hongo, Tokyo, 2019), Unfinished Descriptions (Hundred Years Gallery, London, 2018). Hojo is a granteeof Overseas Study by Young Artists (The Pola Art Foundation, 2017), New York Fellowship (Asian CulturalCouncil, 2019/2022). She was a visiting researcher at CRiSAP London College of Communication University of theArts London in 2017-2018.

Keiko Uenishi is a sound art-i-vist, socio/environ composer, and a core member of since 2001.Uenishi is known for her works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one's relationshipthrough aural memory/perceptions in sociological, cultural, and/or psychological contexts. She has been workingon a research project towards a doctoral degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Her project, entitledPartitions: Dividers, Connectors, Gray-zones, Neighbours in Aural Space, is an exploration of a “para-sphere”where auditory stimuli sneak over other perceptions, while de-stabilizing relationships, memories, spacerecognitions, and time.