NYC-based Japanese artist Aya Nishina composes concert music and soundscape for
moving image, site-specific installation and performance art.


Chieko - Music Video
feat. Becca Stevens

Music + Lyrics by Aya Nishina
Sung by Becca Stevens
Recorded by Fernando Aponte & Rick Kwan
Mixed by Fernando Aponte
Mastered by Andreas K Meyer
Additional Mastering by Scott Hull
Produced by Aya Nishina
Music Publication by Tzadik Records
(John Zorn, Executive Producer
Kazunori Sugiyama, Associate Producer)
Video by Shimpei Takeda

Special Thanks to John Zorn and Ryuichi Sakamoto

Japan Foundation

Performing Arts Japan 2015-2016

Recently awarded Performing Arts Japan 2015-2016 by The Japan Foundation,
TEN THOUSAND LEAVES is a musical collaboration by American vocalist-
composer Becca Stevens (Universal Music Classics), and Japanese composer
/producer Aya Nishina (Tzadik Records), with video projection by Japanese
photographicartist Shimpei Takeda.

Inspired by Japanese culture that came to light during the country’s classical
period (ca. 550-1185) such as women’s literature, and imperial court music
— TEN THOUSAND LEAVES renders a cross-cultural bridge to connect people
from the past and the present, through songs of timeless human emotions,
and reverence for nature.

Musicians: Becca Stevens, Aya Nishina
Video: Shimpei Takeda
Stage Design: Clouds Architecture Office
Sound Engineering: Fernando Aponte

TEN THOUSAND LEAVES is made possible in part by a major support from The
Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, with
additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs, The Howard Gilman Foundation, 9.11 Circle
Wind Concert, Car of Tomorrow, Clouds Architecture Office, SHI:KA,, The Farm SoHo, Wasara, Yamaha Corporation of America,
Soniqs, The Jazz Gallery, and it is endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in
New York.

TEN THOUSAND LEAVES: Article by HarrisonParrot, Inc (UK)

Milano Design Award

"Wonderglass" wins Milano Design Award 2015 Best Sound!

Aya's soundscape (sound installation) for WonderGlass, has been awarded
the prestigious Milano Design Award 2015 Best Sound!

On "Milano Design Award": Created by elita in collaboration with and
Instituto Europeo di Design, under the patronage of Comune di Milano,
"Milano Design Award" is the prize that celebrates the best exhibition design
of celebrated Milano Design Week. Prize commitee partners: Milano Fuori
Salone committee, composed by 5VIE art+design, Brera Design District, elita -
enjoy living italy, Milano Space Makers, Porta Venezia in Design, Sarpi
Bridge_Oriental Design Week, Superstudio Group, Tortona Design
Week,Ventura Lambrate and Zona SantAmbrogio.

by WonderGlass, Inc
Milano Salone 2015

April 8th-13th
Instituto dei Ciechi
7 Via Vivaio, Milano

Aya Nishina, Sound Design + Production
Fernando Aponte, Mixing + Mastering Engineer
Becca Stevens, Voice
Alek Stevens, Sound Collaborator
Affiliation: WonderGlass, nownao, inc.

Arcana VII - Printed Book

ESSAY: Communal Symmetry in Ancient Music

"The acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a small step
toward educating the interested listener about the inner workings of the artistic
process and is a major source on new music theory and practice in the 21st century.

The most varied collection to date, Arcana VII includes personal essays
by New Music luminaries Pat Metheny, Bryce Dessner, Irvine Arditti, Thurston
Moore, Kenny Werner, Eugene Chadbourne, and David Krakauer alongside
articles on musical theory and practice by veterans Joe Morris, Matt Shipp, Ben
Goldberg, Ches Smith, George Steel, Billy Martin, Hilda Paredes and Gloria
Coates and insightful new views by young master musicians Chris Otto, James
Moore, Theresa Wong, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Jay Campbell, Du Yun, James
Ilgenfritz, Chuck Bettis, Aya Nishina and many others.”–Tzadik

Flora - Music Video

In memory of March 11, 2011
Homage to Hiraku Suzuki, Jonas Mekas, and Andrei Tarkovsky

Music + Lyrics by Aya Nishina
Sung by Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens, Monika Heidemann, Sara Serpa
Recorded by Fernando Aponte, Rick Kwan, Brian Montgomery
Mixed by Fernando Aponte
Mastered by Andreas K Meyer
Additional Mastering by Scott Hull
Produced by Aya Nishina
Music Publication by Tzadik Records
(John Zorn, Executive Producer
Kazunori Sugiyama, Associate Producer)
Video by Shimpei Takeda

Special Thanks to John Zorn and Ryuichi Sakamoto

-Selected Archives-

Lexus Design Amazing
Milano Salone 2014

April 9th-13th 
Circolo Filologico Milanese 
via Clerici 10, Milano

Nao Tamura, Designer
Takeshi Miyakawa, Design Engineer
Aya Nishina, Sound Design + Production
Fernando Aponte, Mixing + Mastering Engineer
Alek Stevens, Sound Collaborator
Affiliation: Lexus, nownao, inc. 

Feat. Claesson Koivisto Rune, Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, Nao Tamura
Milano Salone 2014

April 8th-13th
Instituto dei Ciechi
7 Via Vivaio, Milano

Nao Tamura, Art Director
Aya Nishina, Sound Design
Fernando Aponte, Mixing+Mastering Engineer
Affiliation: WonderGlass, nownao, inc.

California Academy of Sciences
Water Is Life: Steinhart Aquarium Permanent Installation 2008-2013 

55 Music Concourse Dr,  San Francisco, CA

Renzo Piano, Architect
Thinc Design + UVPhactory, Water Is Life Production
Alexandre Moors, Water Is Life Director
Aya Nishina, Composer + Music Production
Cyro Baptista, Featured Musician
Ryoji Hata, Mixing + Mastering Engineer
Affiliation: California Academy of Sciences, UVPhactory, Thinc Design,
Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Published by Tzadik Records 2013 Composers Series

Released Date: July 30, 2013
New York City, NY

Aya Nishina, Composer + Producer
John Zorn, Executive Director
Kazunori Sugiyama, Associate Producer
Featured Vocalists: Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Serpa,
Monika Heidemann, Jen Shyu and Nina Riley (background vocal).
Fernando Aponte, Recording + Mixing Engineer
Andreas K. Meyer, Mastering Engineer
Scott Hall, Additional Mastering

Hiraku Suzuki, Cover Art
Shimpei Takeda, Portrait
Heung-Heung Chin, Design
Affiliation: Hips Road Production (TZADIK)

Ryuichi Sakamoto Presents

The Stone
April 24-29, 2012
New York City, NY

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Piano and Electronics
Aya Nishina, Piano and Electronics
Alek Stevens, Electronics
Fernando Aponte, Sound Engineer
Shimpei Takeda, Visual Art
Affiliation: Kab, inc., Hips Road Production (TZADIK)

Electronic Music Foundation Composers Residency
New York City, NY

+ more archives coming soon...!


Selected Programs:

- WNYC Living Music, Living Composers September 16, 2015
- WNYC New Sounds by John Schaefer: "Female Voices" (PROGRAM #3626) April 15, 2014 (Re-aired: November 11, 2015)
- WQXR "Her Music": Q2 Music's 24-Hour Celebration of Emerging Female Composers 


- NPR (National Public Radio): New Sounds Year in Review 2014:3 (2014)
- WIRED JAPAN: "Beyond Art of Listening" (2014)
- Jazz The New Chapter: "100 Albums that Paint The Modern" (2014)
- urdesign ITALY: "Interconnection installation by Nao Tamura at Lexus Design Amazing (2014) 
- designboom: "interconnection by nao tamura at lexus design amazing" (2014)
- Spoon & Tamago: "Interconnection I an installation of weightless discs illustrates the unstoppable forces of nature" (2014)
- America’s Japan and Japan’s Performing Arts: Cultural Mobility and Exchange in
New York 1952-2011 by Barbara E. Thornbury © the University of Michigan (2013)
- Alto Riot: The Best Choral Recording of 2013 Winner – Aya Nishina “Flora” (December, 2013)
- Alto Riot: Review Aya Nishina “Flora” (August 7, 2013)
- Free Jazz: Aya Nishina FLORA / Tzadik, 2013 **** (Free Jazz)
- SquidCo: Unusual Vocal Forms (2013)
- Weekly New York Digital News: Duo Performance with Ryuichi Sakamoto (May 5, 2012)
- FIGARO Japan (May 1, 2011)
- ELLE ONLINE (April 14, 2011)
- News 24 Japan Television (April 10, 2011)
- The Asahi Shimbum (March 29, 2011)
- Vogue Japan Fashion News (March 29, 2011)
- National Music Council Summer News (2010)
- Kahoku News Press (2001)


- CD Album "Flora" - compositions for female voices (TZADIK 8098)
- Essay "Communal Symmetries in Ancient Music" in "ARCANA Vll" (TZADIK B008)

- The Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan 2015-2016
- Milano Design Award 2015 Best Sound
- Best of 2013: Choral Recording of The Year (Alto Riot)
- Best of 2013: Track of The Year Nomination (Alto Riot)
- Contemporanea Japan 2011 (Taukai Edizioni Musicali)
- PatsyLu Prize 2010 1st Prize (The International Alliance of Women in Music)
- Essentially Choral 2007 (VocalEssence – American Composers Forum)
- Artist Award 2001 (Interlochen Center for the Arts)
- Neil Rabaut Memorial Composition Award 2000


仙台生まれ。宮城県教育大学附属中学校を卒業後、作曲の勉強のため単身渡米。Interlochen Arts Academy作曲科に特別奨学生として入学し、首席卒業。同校在学中、ピアニスト・Steven Osborneのコンサートで自曲が演奏され、米国でのコンサート・デビューとなる。マンハッタン音楽院からメリットスカラシップを受け入学、ニューヨーク市へ移住。同学在学中、レコード会社「TZADIK」とレーベル史上作曲家として最年少で契約。以来、John Zorn、 Cyro Baptista、坂本龍一、をはじめ世界的に活躍するアーティストと演奏・コラボレーションをする機会に恵まれ、修行を重ねる。

これまでに、「Concertpeace(ユニセフ/カナダ国立オペラ劇場共催)」、「California Academy of Sciences (カリフォルニア科学アカデミー)」、Electronic Music Foundation、UVPHACTORY、 他、数多くの国際的機関及び映像会社から作曲の依頼を受ける。また、デザイナー・田村奈穂、映画監督・Alexandre Moors、画家・Zaria Forman、他、音楽以外の分野で活躍しているクリエイターの委嘱により手がけた音響デザインの作品も多数。それらの作品は、国際女性作曲家連盟、米国作曲家フォーラム/VocalEssence、国際交流基金、Milano Design Award、Neil  Rabaut 作曲賞、Contemporanea 2011、WNYC、Alto Riot社、他、より表彰される。2013年にデビュー・アルバム「Flora」、2014年に共著「Arcana」がTZADIK社より出版。近年は「Milano Design Award (ミラノ・デザイン・アワード) 2015」にて「Best Sound (ベスト・サウンド) 2015」、 2016年に国際交流基金より「Performing Arts Japan (パフォーミング・アーツ・ジャパン」を受賞。2017年9月、アーティスト・Zaria Formanによる巡回展 (音響デザイン・プロデュース)公開予定。

これまでに、作曲を八島秀、Julia Wolfe、西村朗、Giampaolo Bracali、Nils Vigeland、John Boyle、Elaine Broad、の各氏に師事。現在、ASCAP正式会員。米国作曲家フォーラム会員。NPO法人ミューズの夢会員。

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