Yu Oda

- Composer -


Yu Oda (b.1983) - Composer / Live Electronics.

Yu Oda (b.1983) is a composer currently living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His activities include composing for various ensembles/musicians as well as performing live electronics. He is currently a member of "Project 128" and "Plastiklova".

The list of his compositions has a wide range of styles, and they are characterized in exploring groove and sound colour, which is mixed with a certain use of tonality. Such as open gallery, classic concert hall, underground venue, radio, film, and religious ceremony, his works have been presented in a wide range of occasions and recognized internationally. In addition to composing, Oda also works as a performer of live electronics. With his solo live set, he performs and improvises electronic music of his own.

In live techno band "Project 128", he composes, performs, arranges, or improvises music as DJ/live electronics. Exploring and mixing sound characters of acoustic and electric instruments, the project is searching for a new type of groove and method of creating music.

Plastiklova is a new project Oda is currently writing for. It's a duo collaboration with his percussionist colleague Laurent Warnier, and it consists of vibraphone and electronics. The sound structure of the duo is inspired by or originated from the acoustic instrument vibraphone and developed and processed with electronics. He performs electronics in the duo, which creates unique soundscapes with its own musical drive of a live performance.

International music festivals his music was performed or he participated includes: Gaudemus Muziekweek (NL), Holland Festival (NL), Amsterdam Dance Event (NL), Grachten Festival (NL), Sounds of Music Festival (NL), MATA Festival (US), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (DE), Forum Neuer Musik (DE), Time of Music Festival (FI), and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK). And, his works have been nominated for Toonzetters (2012), Gaudeamus Prize (2011), as a finalist of Henriette Bosmansprijs and Tera de Marez Oyensprijs (2011), and awarded for the 2nd prize in Young Composers Meeting (2012) and honorable mention of the 32nd Irino Prize.

Oda was born in Japan and started his musical activity playing and composing in a rock band. He has studied composition and graduated from California State University, Northridge, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is a co-founder of "Stichting Earvision", a group of Amsterdam-based musicians for new music activities. He launched "Looptail" and "Amsterdam Collage Ensemble" with the colleagues and worked as composer and artistic director.

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