composer & sound artist
Broken Accordion Project (2013-2017)
In a more direct interpretation of the concept of imperfection, I have been working with a number of antique accordions, composing concert and audiovisual works for each instrument featuring the unique ways in which each one is damaged.
The first piece in the series was premiered in March 2014 in Water Valley, Mississippi, where these instruments were found. Since then, I have performed with them and given a workshop at Cluster Festival (2016, Manitoba, Canada), at the Carpenter Center (2016, Cambridge, MA) and in Rio De Janeiro (as part of a collaborative dance film on writer Clarice Lispector). The project is also featured in a short documentary film entitled "85% Broken" (Blue Magnolia Film, 2015).
images by Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzales
Reiko Yamada, accordion (Sennheiser MKE 600 mic)
live performance at Bozartz Gallery, Water Valley, MS
85% Broken (2015)
(description written by Blue Magnolia Films)
"The short film by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin presents the creative process through which Japanese-born composer and sound artist Reiko Yamada gave a new life to broken accordions, bringing together, along the way, a diverse group of people from the small town of Water Valley."
Sample tracks from a work-in-progress album using broken accordions and analog synthesizer (3'00")