Yu Oda

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 - 11:45 am

 Yu Oda (b.1983) is a composer currently living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His activities include working with various ensembles/musicians as a composer and performing in an acoustic-techno band “Project 128” as DJ/Live electronics.

Within the same aesthetics, his compositions vary in styles and are characterized in exploring groove and sound colour mixed with certain tonality. They have been internationally performed in a wide range of occasions: from international festivals, or religious ceremonies, to classical concert halls and underground clubs. 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.

In the acoustic techno band “Project 128”, he composes, arranges, or improvises music with other members and performs 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 composing music.

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. In Amsterdam, he co-founded Amsterdam-based new music ensembles, “Looptail” and “Amsterdam Collage Ensemble”, and worked as a composer and artistic director.