Reiko Yamada

composer, sound artist


is originally from Hiroshima, Japan and currently resides in North America. Her works includes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, sound art installations and interdisciplinary collaborations. In recent years, her work has centered on a research in the aesthetic concept of imperfection in a variety of contexts, all the while maintaining a constant concern for empathy and carefully honest representation of the human and geographical contexts from which she finds inspiration.


Yamada holds a D.Mus in composition from McGill University, and was a 2015-16 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University. She is currently the artist-in-residence at IEM (Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik) at University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz in Austria.



Small Small Things: Music and installation for humans and Drosophila is an interdisciplinary performance through which the audience will explore surprisingly deep connections with fruit flies (drosophila). The performance consists in an orchestrated combination of site-specific acousmatic compositions, a digital slide presentation and a series of sound experimentations with drosophila. 

Small Small Things is the product of a collaboration between composer/sound artist Reiko Yamada (Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Performing Arts Graz) and biologist and fruit fly behavior specialist Robert Huber (Bowling Green State University). As an artist-in-residence at IEM this year, Yamada has been exploring new, hybrid media in her own work.

This project is made possible with help from the Institute of Molecular Biosciences at University of Graz.


March 7, 19:00, Performance at Off4nOff (with Sabina Hyoju Ahn), Tresor Linz, Linz

March 8-16, Exhibition at Gallery Memphis, Linz (Opening on March 7, 21:00)

March 27, 18:30, Artist Talk at Signale Soirée (with Robert Huber) at IEM, Kunst Uni Graz

March 28, 19:00, Performance at CUBE, IEM, Kunst Uni Graz


Project in progress:

Excerpt - “Imagining Drosophila in 53 seconds”

Small Small Things (2017) Performance on March 9th, 2017 at Tresor, Linz, Ausria

Wings that Bind (2017), vinyl lettering, microscope, petri dish, drosophila wings, text, desk stool; Galerie Memphis, Linz, Austria