Aki Onda


Tue, February 4, 2014 - 8pm

Michael Snow / Alan Licht / Aki Onda trio

Formed in 2005, the trio of Michael Snow, Alan Licht and Aki Onda achieves the all-too-rare alchemy of strong separate identities and shared aesthetics into a holistic unit. Snow, who began his career as a pianist, performs on the CAT synthesizer, with Licht on guitar and Onda on cassette recorders and electronics.


Fri, November 22, 2013 - 8pm

Works by William Engelen and Aki Onda

ISSUE and The Drawing Center present works by artists William Engelen and Aki Onda. Celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon perform Engelen’s recent work "Falten", a hybrid of score and sculpture. Percussionist Eli Keszler and the Ashcan Orchestra’s Pat Spadine perform Aki Onda’s "Damaged".

Pauline Oliveros in performance at ISSUE by Bradley Buehring

Listen to full live sets from 12 "Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain" performances via Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Featuring Pauline Oliveros, Charlemagne Palestine, Oren Ambarchi, Anthony Coleman, Richard Youngs, David Grubbs, Francesco Tristano, Aki Onda, No-Neck Blues Band, Yasunao Tone, and Tony Conrad.



Sat, February 23, 2013 - 4pm

Aki Onda & Paul Clipson

Artists-in-Residence 2012

155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)

Cassette musician Aki Onda collaborates with a San Fransisco based filmmaker Paul Clipson for his final performance of the 2012 Artist-in-Residence series. An investigation of personal, intuitive spaces, Onda and Clipson render images and sounds as if a fragmented journey of landscapes and memories.

The Wall Street Journal's Andy Beta interviews Ken Jabos and Aki Onda in anticipation of "Nervous Magic Lantern", a duo performance that receives its US premiere on December 12, 2012 as part of ISSUE's Artist-In-Residence program.



Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2012

Swedish Energies: EMS in NYC 2012

The second annual Swedish Energies is a free two-night festival featuring a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians and artists. Performances include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists, as well as a cross-section of Sweden's most pre-eminent experimental groups.

Excerpted from Artist-in-Residence Aki Onda and Raha Raissnia's 3 hour installation/performance "As If Someone Erased Outlines," presented in October 2012. Onda and Raissnia, and a guest musician Doron Sadja, perform with black oil paintings, film and slide projectors, tape recorders, tube amps and synthesizer. Video by Damian Calvo.

Akio Suzuki by Atsush Koyama

Writing + Interviews

Akio Suzuki with Aki Onda

In the last decade, I crossed paths with Akio Suzuki many times during my own travels around Europe and Japan. I have visited him at his place in Tango, Kyoto to see his famous masterpiece, Space in the Sun. In Osaka, we performed together for five hard, straight hours. Off stage, he is a warm and gentle...


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