About Bora


Bora Yoon is an award-winning Korean-American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer who addresses the dimensionality of space and sound in her work. She creates immersive architectural soundscapes using digital devices, voice, and found objects and instruments from different cultures and centuries to create immersive musical experiences for the stage, visual art, film, and dance.

Non-discriminate of the boundaries which separate Music, Sound, and Noise, Yoon explores where sound connects with the subliminal using the human voice, viola, ancient Tibetan singing bowls, cell phones, radios, metronomes, bike bells, walkie-talkies, Bible pages, water, gramophones, the human voice, field recordings, and electronics, utilizing the sonic palette as a timbre language to evoke memory and association, to create nonverbal storytelling through music, and experiential sound design.

Featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and in WIRE magazine for her musical innovations. Yoon has presented her unique experimental soundwork internationally at Lincoln Center, Nam June Paik Museum (Seoul), Patravadi Theatre (Bangkok), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Walker Art Center, Festival of World Cultures (Poland), the Singapore Arts Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival performing the live score for the multimedia staged adaptation of Haruki Murkami's "Wind Up Bird Chronicle".

She has been commissioned by Samsung, SAYAKA Chorale of Tokyo; published by Journal of Popular Noise, Boosey & Hawkes, and MIT Press; and awarded by the American Music Center, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.



English, Korean, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2014, TEDWomen 2013

Areas of Expertise

Music, Music composer / performer , technology, Interface design, Interdisciplinary Arts, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Exchange, Education and Innovat


Ithaca College

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