Akari Komura

Photo Credit: Nico Muhly

Master of Music
Composition

Akari Komura is a Japanese composer-vocalist. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, she spent her teens in Jakarta, Indonesia due to her parents’ work. This transition led her to develop a deeper connection to music and to communicate with others regardless of the language barrier. From an early age, Akari has been involved in performing arts through playing the piano, singing, and dancing modern ballet. She has performed mainly as a vocalist in diverse genres including musical theatre, opera, and vocal jazz. She has written and performed her own works, expanding a palette of unconventional vocal techniques.

Akari’s breadth of work spans chamber ensemble, multimedia/electronics, vocal music, and interdisciplinary collaborative works involving dancers and visual artists. Some of her works have been presented at the Composers Conference, Atlantic Music Festival, and soundSCAPE by FLUX Quartet. She also has been an artist-in-resident for the Socially Distant Art program.

She is currently pursuing MM in composition at the University of Michigan, studying with Evan Chambers and Roshanne Etezady, and holds BA in vocal arts from the University of California, Irvine.

Achievements

EXCEL Enterprise Grant Recipient, Winter 2021
Funded for curating an outdoor sound installation and performance as a master’s project.

Sonic Scenographies, Summer 2020
A research program that catalyzes experimental collaboration at the intersection of performance, music, theatre, dance, architecture, and digital space, in a collaboration between the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, ArtsEngine, and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Sight & Sound: A New Way to Experience UMMA’s Collection Ensemble, Winter 2020
A project in collaboration with students at the U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

A World Beyond: Re-Imagining Activism Through Performance, Fall 2020
A premiere of dance work in collaboration choreographer, Shannon Nulf.

Nico Muhly Composition Master Class, Fall 2020