Tomomi Adachi (born in 1972 in Kanazawa, Japan) is a sound poet, composer and performer. His works are located at the interface where poetry and music, vocal performance and improvisation meet. Adachi is also a theatre director and installation and video artist.
In his sound poems he experiments with his voice, overlaying sounds on top of each other. Digital sounds combine with vowels, consonants, scratching sounds – language and music, body and sound merge, culminating in a vibrating poem.
Adachi is within the poetic tradition of both East and West. As well as his own work, he performs works by Takahashi Yuji, Yuasa Joji, John Cage and Dieter Schnebel and others and performed the Japanese première of Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate.
Adachi uses instruments he has designed himself for many of his performances, such as home-made synthesisers in Tupperware boxes and his ‘Infra-Red Sensor Shirt’, a shirt with which the body movements of the person wearing it produce sound events.
As well as making solo appearances, Adachi frequently works with other performers, including Yasunao Tone and Jaap Blonk. His compositions and performance concepts for lay choirs and ensembles are performed after rehearsal in workshops or with the Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus – a punk-style choir as he calls it himself.
Tomomi Adachi studied Philosophy and Aesthetics at Waseda Uníversity in Tokyo, writes criticism of fine arts, music and performance art, and taught at the Tama School of Art in Tokyo from 2007 to 2010. He has made more than four hundred appearances around the world since 1994.
His works have been presented at locations including Tate Modern (London), the IRCAM/Centre Pompidou (Paris), the National Museum of Art (Osaka), and in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
He is currently a guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD.
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