Akari Komura


On-site Event June 4th

Breathe with the Wind
Breathe with the Wind is a site-specific sound installation/sound ceremony that explores the ultimate dimension of intimacy with the earth. The work engages to curate a contemplative space for the participants to find an awareness or closer relation to nature. In particular, the air element is symbolic to the work through the perception of winds enfolding our inhaled and exhaled breaths as a collective air. The participants (sound-makers/musicians and listeners/audience) are invited to listen, interpret, and embody the elements of nature. The central element of wind derives from a perception that it is a flow of air traveling and threading across the Earth’s surface. The project attempts to draw attention to such interconnectedness and honor of the nature elements which exist both internal and external to our bodies. Original hand-made wind chimes and text prompts on wood discs are going to hang from trees or any hangable object in the outdoor space to animate the movement of air. The text prompts will guide contemplating, listening, and imagining our connection to air which is enfolded in our breath and the wind. The installation hopes to invite people to perceive the invisible, yet, tangible quality of air through being in this visually and aurally interactive space. The project ultimately aspires to create a meditative, healing, and mindful space in the time of our current global society in turmoil.

Soundscapes [audio tracks] On-site and online June 4th

On the breath
The piece entirely comprises voice samples that I recorded during my daily vocal warmup exercises. It includes breathing exercises, humming, buzzing on the /z/ consonant, lip trills, and descending octave yawn-sighs. The aesthetic goal was to create a musical piece out of this everyday routine to prepare my voice from an “incomplete” or “raw” state to a full performance voice. I was also inspired by Jan Jelinek’s​ John Cage, I’ve Been Told To Ask You The Following Question, where I wanted to incorporate an element of non-semantic sound particles as he collected from an interview. In this piece, I recorded myself singing through a piece of classical repertoire and cut out all the singing parts to be left with the abrupt sound of inhales between musical phrases.


This piece was written in response to an art installation “Site + Sounds: Musical Labels Project” at the University of Michigan Museum of Arts. One of their thematic collections is “Building Blocks” which consists of two acrylic canvas paintings by two different artists: Untitled Cube (1969) by Alvin D. Loving, and Simpsonville (1980) by Edward Avedisian. There is a sense of conflict in the nature of the two works where Avedisian’s piece appears energetic in vivid colors and shapes, while Loving’s three-dimensional work has more geometrical strictness. The exchange between the acoustic timbre exploration and everyday sound gestures in the electronics invites you to experience a new exchange between you and the painting.

Earmaginations [silent videos] On-site and online June 4th

The sun rustled through
The work invites viewers to perceive the subtlety in the movements of air, trees, and sunlight. As these movements consist of both tangible and intangible sensory experiences, this parallel challenges the tangibility of visible landscape and imagined soundscape. The work addresses the significance of heightening our aural attention to delicate sounds which are generated by the natural environment.

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Akari Komura is a Japanese composer-vocalist. Her breadth of work spans chamber ensemble, multimedia/electronic, dance, and vocal music. Her works have been presented at the Atlantic Music Festival, Composers Conference, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Nief-Norf, Penn State New Music Festival, and soundSCAPE.
She holds a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Vocal Arts from the University of California, Irvine. Her major teachers include Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady, Stephen Rush, and Frances Bennett.

Artist Location: Ann Arbor, MI / Irvine, CA

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