Aine Eva Nakamura



Aine Eva Nakamura

Style: contemporary, soul, experimental Jazz, voice installation, body movement, poetry, storytelling, traditional / ジャンル:コンテンポラリー(創作、前衛)、ソウル、エクスペリメンタル・ジャズ、ヴォイスインスタレーション、体の動き、詩、物語り、民謡

Theme: Natureculture, animism, dreams, humanities, crossdisciplinary

Short description:

Aine Eva Nakamura is a singer, composer and performing artist.
Her exploration of the orality and indigeneity in music of sacred festivals and ceremonies, folklore and storytelling in the area around the Pacific Ocean leads to her singing style and concepts of nature veneration and animism. In her art, she works on topics on current struggles among humanity such as division, war, isolation from the earth and instability through the traditional concepts and musical idea.  The integral and interactive approach toward space, time and humanity connects her and her audience with the past and the current to see ways of life in the future.

Her solo performances include New York Public Library for Performing Arts: Shelf Life (2018), Live at JZ Brat (2014) and Live at Strobe Café (2013, sponsored by TV Kanagawa).  Premiere and collaborative performance of her compositions include the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival with Madeleine Shapiro and the October New Music Festival in Finland of microtonal music with MikroEnsemble in 2018.  Her album release includes Eva Aine 2014.  Her recent appearances include Bang on a Can: Music Among Friends at MoMA (2017). Finalist of the 13th Great American Songwriting Contest. Trained in Southern Japanese Traditional music under Goya Isamu (Noborikawa style). She launched Listening to Nature (Listening to Nature, Nature in Music and Storytelling) in June 2017 in New York.  Member of Dmitry Krymov Project (NY).

Acquired B.A. in Foreign Studies and a curator official certification from Sophia University.
Studied voice and composition at the Jazz and Contemporary Music of the New School, where she also worked on an Independent Study on concepts of shimauta.
An MA candidate of New York University.  Born in Bellevue WA and grew up in Bellevue and Yokohama. Currently based in NY and Tokyo.

Full description:

 Aine Eva Nakamura started studying classical vocal under Itaru Mitsuzuka when she was 16. She joined SAfro FAmily, a Gospel choir, during her university years, where she majored in Foreign Studies and Curatorial Studies. She was trained in traditional southern Japanese music and its instrument under Isamu Goya, Noborikawa school. She started studying songwriting through Berklee College of Music online courses and summer school.  Along with her studying and playing at concerts in a few music groups, she started to work professionally as a bridal singer at five-star hotels including Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo and on TV music shows on NHK.

 After acquiring B.A. and a qualification as a curator from Sophia University, and working as a paralegal at a law firm, she became a freelance musician, curator and translator.  In 2010, she started her solo music career as a singer and songwriter. Her songs have been selected in the Empire State Mixtapes and several other compilations. She has been featured in G3 Magazine, Round Magazine, etc. She was chosen as one of the Hot Indie Artists on J-WAVE, a Japanese radio station, and she is a finalist of the 13th Annual Great American Song Contest. Her initial appearances include the Canadian Music Fest and Nippon Broadcasting System.  Her 3rd album, EVA AINE, was released in Oct 2014.

  Around this time, her music and performance style drastically changed.  Her music started to focus more on the perspectives of spirituality and social contributions.

  She produces and presents collaborations or cross-disciplinary works often.  She has been performing with artists from other fields including tap dancers, Shoko Taniguchi, yoshiko, traditional Hula dancer, Miilani Cooper, painter, Shinichiro Sugiyama, actor, Jonghoon Han, and designer, Johanna Tysk.  In recent years, she is also pursuing the mixture of reading, singing and body movements.  Her music and sound are characterized as mixture of different elements including Classical music, Southern Japanese traditional music, sound art or other art forms and creation of a new style.  Her artistic pursuit also extends to vocal installation through contemporary theatrical character-making and research.

 She attended the Jazz & Contemporary Music at the Jazz School of the New School and worked with Dave Douglas, Jane Ira Bloom, Diane Moser, Chris Stover and Richard Harper.
  She is a member of Dmitry Krymov Project (contemporary theater, NY). She is also a member of John Cage for MoMA project.  In addition to her Jazz study, she engaged in an Independent Study which involved study of concepts and musical elements of Southern Japanese traditional music.

  She launched Listening to Nature in June 2017 in New York. In May 2018, she performed at New York Public Library for performing arts and premiered her solo composition on Hudson River and incarceration of minorities.  In July 2018, she performed at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival her composition, six stories, on immigrant experiences with the festival's featured artist and cellist, Madeleine Shapiro.  In September 2018, she was selected as one of the composers for microtonal music at the October New Music Festival in Oulu, Finland and performed her composition with Mikro Ensemble.

  She in a MA candidate at New York University in the concentration of music composition, performance, indigeneity, natureculture and music therapy. Recipient of the Aiko Susanna Tashiro Hiratsuka Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship and C.V. Starr Fund.

上智大学在学時(外国研究、学芸員課程、東南アジア地域研究副専攻)にゴスペルクワイアのSAfro FAmilyに所属。また、登川流呉屋功氏に沖縄島唄・三線を学ぶ。バークリー音楽大学オンラインソングライティングコース、ヴォーカルサミット修了。ソロやグループで活動し、旧椿山荘フォーシーズンのブライダルシンガー等を務め始める。

 2010年秋よりシンガーソングライターEva Aineとしての活動を開始する。
カナダCanadian Music Fest、米Millenium Music Conference出演。米Empire State Mixtape、ACM Records等のコンピレーション等に楽曲が収録される。米国作曲コンテストのGreat American Song Contestのファイナリストに選ばれ、2013年よりJ-WAVE「Music Hyper Market投稿の殿堂」アーティスト。2014年10月22日、3rdアルバム「EVA AINE」をリリース。11月JZ Brat SOUND OF TOKYOにてワンウーマン・アルバムリリースライブ。


 タップダンサー谷口翔有子氏、yoshiko氏、カヒコ・フラダンサーMiilani Cooper氏、画家杉山振一朗氏、俳優Jonghoon Han氏、デザイナーJohanna Tysk氏等、様々なフィールドのアーティストとのコラボレーションに積極的に取り組む。また朗読と音楽とのミクスチャーにも試みる。近年の音楽スタイルは、ジャズ、クラシック音楽、島唄、サウンドアート、その他のアートを含む異なる要素の融合と、新しいスタイルの制作に特徴づけられる。研究と前衛劇からのアプローチによる、声のインスタレーションにも取り組む。

 2016年8月より渡米し、ニュースクール大学ジャズスクール Jazz & Contemporary Music にて、Dave Douglas氏、Jane Ira Bloom氏、Diane Moser氏、Chris Stover氏、Richard Harper氏に学ぶ。作曲、Voiceの研鑽に加えて、伝承音楽「島の唄(沖縄、八重山)」の概念と音楽要素の研究にも取り組んだ。
監督/デザイナーDmitry Krymovのプロジェクトの音楽メンバー。2017年5月John Cage music for MoMA 音楽メンバー。

 2017年6月ニューヨークにて、「Listening To Nature」を主宰した(Nature in Music and Storytelling。2018年春ニューヨーク・パブリック・ライブラリー・フォー・パフォーミング・アーツにて、ハドソン川とマイノリティの強制移転に関するソロの作曲作品を発表した。2018年7月、ニューヨーク・シティ・エレクトロアクースティック・ミュージック・フェスティバルにおいて、作曲作品six storiesを、フェスティバルのフィーチャーアーティスト・チェリストのマデレイン・シャピロと演奏する。2018年9月、フィンランド・オウルにてmicrotonal music(微分音音楽)の作曲家として選ばれ、作曲をMiKroEnsembleと演奏する。

 2018年秋より、ニューヨーク大学修士課程(作曲、パフォーマンス、民俗音楽、自然文化、音楽療法)。2019年より oica music 開業。


Ongoing Project

○Composition to be performed with ICE -premiere- Abrons Arts Center April 2019 NY
Research on orality in music, C.V. Starr Fund Asian Pacific American Institute at NYU  2019 Japan
microtonal music composition, October New Music Festival 2018 Oulu, Finland
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2018  NY
Shelf Life, New York Public Library 2018 NY

Selected Works:

On the Night of the New Moon, publication (poem,lyrics) Eleven and a Half Spring Edition 2018 NY
Twelfth Night Project / orchestration 2017 NY

3rd album「EVA AINE」2014.10
○2nd album「LIBERTY」2012.9

○Original songs included in the Empire State Mixtape Vol.3 & 4, and Female Revolution released by ACM Records 2011
○Original song included in the official album of the 15th Millennium Music Conference 2011

○1st album「My Way To Happiness」2010.9
Vocal recordings for catchat for babies (DVD) released by TBS and Columbia Entertainment

Selected Performances

○New York Public Library for Performing Arts / NY 2018.5○Dmitry Krymov Lab, College of Performing Arts, The New School NY 2016-
Listening to Nature supported by Tishman Environment and Design Center / NY 2017.6
MoMA Bang on a Can: Music Among Friends, John Cage for MOMA / NY 2017.5
○Eva Aine One Woman Live
Show at 北参道Strobe Cafe ソロライブ / Tokyo 2015.11

○TAP DANCE LIVE SHOW x Rhythm 出演 / 2015.1
○Eva Aine Live at JZ Brat SOUND OF TOKYO / 2014.11
Asagaya Jazz Street / 阿佐ヶ谷Jazzストリート / 2012.10,

Sophia University 上智大学セミナー「ガーナの教育×シェア~音を楽しみながら~」 / 2014.3

○[Nyte Game] presented by Ditty Bopper(in collaboration with yoshiko(tap) and Ditty Bopper(funk dance and music unit)) 2013.12
○First Friday Harajuku Street Party, 東急プラザ表参道原宿 おもはらの森 / Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 2013.12
○Groovin'!! vol.1(in collaboration with yoshiko(tap)) 2013.10
○One Woman Live show at Strobe Cafe sponsored by TV Kanagawa / ソロライブ、Strobe Cafe二回公演(後援:テレビ神奈川) 2013.6
Opening act for an extra preview of fashion brands at TABLOID オープニングアクト / Tokyo 2012.9

○Okirai Summer2012xLIGHT UP NIPPON、岩手県大船渡市越喜来 / Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture 2012.81
Furano, Hokkaido / 北海道富良野フラノビ・アモール 2012.7
Tokyo Midtown / LIGHT UP NIPPON七夕まつり、東京ミッドタウン 2012.7
Pacifico Yokohama / パシフィコ横浜開催世界会議 2012.1
Swissotel Nankai Osaka / スイスホテル南海大阪 2011.9
One Woman Live Show at Shibuya PLUG / ソロライブ渋谷PLUG / Tokyo 2011.9
○2011 Canadian Music Fest出演、カナダトロント / Toronto 2011.3
○The 15th Millennium Music Conference出演、米ハリスバーグ / Harrisburg 2011.2
○The 23rd Folk Alliance International Conference出演、米メンフィス / Memphis 2011.2

Awards & Grants:

C.V. Starr Fund, Asian Pacific American Institute at NYU for winter 2019 research on orality in music 2019
The Aiko Susanna Tashiro Hiratsuka Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship 2018
Semi-Finalist at The Song of the Year songwriting contest for On the Night of the New Moon & ドアの外側(Outside the Door) 2018
Selection from the New School to The National Society of Leadership and Success 2017
Jazz Supplementary Award by the Jazz and Contemporary Music, the New School 2017-2018
Tending Space Fellowships / Hemera Foundation 2017
○scholarship merit / New York Jazz Academy 2015.8
tvk live sponsorship テレビ神奈川 / ソロライブ後援 2013.6
The 13th Great American Song Contest/Adult Contemporary/finalist / 米第13回Great American Song Contest/Adult Contemporary部門ファイナリスト「It's Just That」 2012.3

J-WAVE Music Hyper Market/Hot Indie Artist / 「投稿の殿堂」アーティスト 2012.11~2016現在 アーティストブログ:
○FM102X Song Of The Day「I'm Getting Hot」2011.10
○FM102X Song Of The Day「You Better Be Careful」2011.1
Show Me The Music Contest/finalist / 米Show Me The Music Contestファイナリスト「My Way To Happiness」 2011.4
○Qualified as a curator (official qualification in Japan) 2004

Selected Media Appearances:

radios & web shows
○Indie Authority 2015.7~
The Women of Substance Radio 2011.3~, 2015.5~

Nippon Broadcasting System (live performance) / ニッポン放送Suono Dolce(演奏) 2011.6, 2012.10, 2014.12
FM Nack5 (live performance) /
エフエムナックファイブ (演奏) 2014.10
FM Setagaya エフエム世田谷「It's Just That」 2013.8~放送

○Co-hosted a music program of Radio NIKKEI / ラジオNIKKEI「イケラジ!」パーソナリティ 2012.12~2013.3
○J-WAVE Music Hyper Market / Hod Indie Featured Artist 「投稿の殿堂」 2012.11~present
Tamagawa Takashimaya x FM Setagaya (live performance) / 玉川高島屋S.Cx世田谷エフエム(『La Dolce Vita Cindy Suzuki』 公開生放送) 2012.9
○JFN「Once」 (live performance) (演奏) 2011.7 & 2012.9
○J-Wave Hello World「Yes, U Are Worth The Best」オンエア 2010.11
○Empire State Radio (電話出演) 2011.3

○G3 Magazine/US
○Skope Magazine/US
○Bits Magazine/Toronto, Canada
○Oops! Magazine/Vancouver, Canada
○Bi-Daily SUN New York


New York University MA program in Music Composition, Performance, Indigeneity, Music Therapy 2018.8- / ニューヨーク大学修士課程(音楽)入学
Jazz & Contemporary Music, The New School 2016.8~2018.5 / ニュースクール大学ジャズ・アンド・コンテンポラリー・ミュージック
Berklee College of Music 2009-2010 online songwriting courses and vocal summit / バークリー音楽大学オンラインソングライティングコース、ヴォーカルサミット
○Trained in Southern Japanese traditional music under Isamu Goya, Noborikawa Style / 登川流呉屋功氏より三線・島唄を学ぶ 2006-2007
○Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Studies, Sophia University (Sub-major: South East Asia Studies, curator study) / 上智大学外国語学部卒業
○Studied Classical voice under Itaru Mitsuzuka / クラシック声楽を学ぶ 1998-1999

:Music Affiliation: BMI