Aki Onda


Michael Snow / Alan Licht / Aki Onda trio

Tue, February 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.


Works by William Engelen and Aki Onda

Fri, November 22, 2013 - 8:00pm

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.



Artists-in-Residence 2012

Aki Onda & Paul Clipson

Sat, February 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
Sat, February 23, 2013 - 8:00pm

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.


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...



Artists-in-Residence 2012

Raha Raissnia & Aki Onda: As If Someone Erased Outlines

Sat, October 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

the Emily Harvey Foundation, 537 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC

Onda, Raissnia and Doron Sadja perform with paintings, film/slide projectors, tape recorders, tube amps... Projecting 16mm film and slides onto the black surface of oil paints, Raissnia creates a deepened sense of immersion in an alien landscape, while Onda's soundscapes challenge the boundaries of the picture plane.

“Voices and Echoes,” presented by ISSUE in collaboration with curator Aki Onda, is a landmark tour of pioneering Japanese artists Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, and Otomo Yoshihide. With dates in Portland, LA, Vancouver, Houston, and NY.



May Archives

Sat, May 1, 2004 - 8:00pm

From the archives, with Morgan Craft, DJ Mutamassik, Aki Onda, Alan Licht, Jonathan Bepler, Michiyo Yagi, Elliott Sharp, Toshi Makihara Quartet, Ellery Eskelin Trio, sTUNgUN and more.


Voices and Echoes

9/27/12 to 9/28/12

Curated by Aki Onda, "Voices and Echoes" is a landmark tour coming to ISSUE in September. Including pioneering Japanese artists renowned for their unique, interdisciplinary approaches to sound-based practices: Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, and Otomo Yoshihide.


We are pleased to announce our Artists-in-Residence for 2012: Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Aki Onda, Sergei Tcherepnin, and Yarn/Wire. ISSUE's residency program has provided a support structure for musical ensembles, composers and sound artists since 2006.


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