Yu Kuwabara

Tokyo-based composer Yu Kuwabara (b. 1984) makes music to ask herself who she is. She has been researching and studying traditional Japanese arts and music to go as far back as possible to her origins and to confirm her own sense of being. She has collaborated with numerous artists who use traditional Japanese art forms, including Noh performers, a Rakugo performer, a Japanese Buddhist chant group, and performers of traditional Japanese instruments. She completed her master’s degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts and has taken part in prestigious academies, including Lucerne Festival Academy Composer Seminar, Academy Voix Nouvelles Foundation Royaumont, Delian Academy for new music, IMPULS, and Akademie Schloss Solitude, among others. Yu Kuwabara’s works have been performed at numerous important international festivals (Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Ultraschall Berlin, Mostra Sonora Sueca, EXPO Milano 2015, Tongyeong International Music Festival, and Takefu International Music Festival, and others) and in many other concerts around the world with various ensembles and performers (Ensemble Modern, Trio Accanto, soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Enno Poppe and Klangforum Wien, mdi ensemble, Ensemble Proton Bern, Divertimento Ensemble, Mike Svoboda and neuverBand, loadbang, AsianArt Ensemble, Sentieri selvaggi, Ensemble Mise-en, Shomyo no Kai - Voice of A Thousand Years, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges, William Lang, Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller, Stefan Hussong, Camilla Hoitenga, Toshiya Suzuki, Kosei Murata, Hidejiro Honjoh, and others). Her music is published by Edition Wunn. She is a composer of Awai-Za, a chamber ensemble mixed with new music and Japanese Edo culture.