Sarasota County Arts Council


The Hermitage Artist Retreat announced that composer, performance artist and Hermitage fellow Bora Yoon will present a program about her work at the Historic Asolo Theater on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 pm.

Yoon is this year’s Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Hermitage Resident at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This special residency is bestowed on one fellow a year. That artist lives and works on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, taking advantage of its vast cultural environment. Yoon will be there over a month working with collaborators on a work in progress, parts of which will be shared on February 16. This will be the public’s only opportunity to meet and interact with this highly-acclaimed artist.

Tickets are $5; students with id are free. To reserve contact the Historic Asolo box office at 941-360-7399. The theater is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota.

“Bora Yoon is an amazing artist,” explained Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage. “She was been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in Wired Magazine for her musical innovations. This will definitely be a night of experimentation and surprises. Anyone interested in, or curious about, new music will want to be there.”

Bora Yoon is both a musician and experimental composer whose compositions are hard to categorize and many times incorporate science and other unexpected partners. In 2008, she was commissioned to compose Semaphore Conductus, a choral sound installation performed in surround, inspired by the evolution of conducted energy and signals through time (conch, gramophone, megaphone, cell phones). In 2006, she conceived the kinetic choral work, “Doppler Dreams” in Brooklyn’s 55,000 sq. foot, outdoor, abandoned, post-apocalyptic McCarren Pool for a dance piece Agora II, featuring seven sopranos on bicycles. In 2011, she co-composed the first historic symphonic commission created specifically for the vast Park Avenue Armory drill hall space, with composers Paul K. Fowler, Paul Haas, and SYMPHO. As a solo performer, Yoon has toured her unique and experimental sound work ( (( PHONATION )) ) internationally, presenting at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum (Seoul), Patravadi Theatre (Bangkok), Walker Art Center, Bang on a Can Marathon, TED (Cannes Festival), and museums and galleries across the globe. Her music has been awarded by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Billboard, BMI, and the Arion Foundation; published by SubRosa, Innova, Swirl Records, and the Journal of Popular Noise; presented by TED Conferences and electronics giant Samsung; and commissioned by the SYMPHO, Young People’s Chorus of NYC and the Sayaka Ladies Chorale of Tokyo.

At the Historic Asolo Theater on February 16, Bora Yoon will present her ( (( PHONATION )) ) along with new works from a forthcoming recording Sunken Cathedral, which is the underpinning score for a one-woman show Weights & Balances which Yoon will be developing throughout her residency. She explains that this project outlines the pulleys and strings, and delicate weights and balances which hold the equilibrium of our world together. The work is unfolding through tales of personal narratives, global observations, and personal truths and philosophies.

“Once again, words can hardly do justice to the work being created by Hermitage fellows,” continued Rodgers. “We hope the community will join us on February 16 when we will be inspired, amazed and surprised by the music and work of Bora Yoon.”

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. It brings mid-career painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5-acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay. So far, Hermitage artists have touched over 8,000 Gulf Coast community children and adults with their unique and inspiring programs. For more information call 941-475-2098 or visit the website at

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