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Usui, Shiori

Deep (2013-2014)
for large ensemble
Duration: 15‘
WP: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oppresed Vibrations (2010)
for symphony orchestra - - 2perc - str
Duration: 10‘
WP: Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble

In Digestion (2010)
for string orchestra
Duration: 7‘
WP: A Far Cry
Born in Japan 1981, Shiori Usui is a BBC Proms commissioned composer and improviser based in Edinburgh, UK. Shiori has been a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2012, Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Cove Park composer’s residency (2012). Shiori has produced works in radical instrumental music, and has worked with motion capturing sensors and biophysical technology. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body, the deep sea, and many other weird and wonderful organisms living on Earth. Shiori also works as an improvising musician in the UK and abroad as a vocalist and pianist.

Inspired by Usui’s experience of having Atopic Eczema (a condition that makes skin become itchy, red, dry and cracked), she is working on her composition “from scratch” for large ensemble for the Tectonic Festival in Glasgow. Planned for 2017/2018 are various chamber music works and a new work for orchestra.