A Native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip (b. 1987) is an experimental composer, performer, improviser,
sound artist and instrument builder. She has been interested in creating new self-built instruments and sound works in the intersection of composition, performance, improvisation and sound art, exploring various relationships between media, materiality, space and our musical bodies in experimental music.
Viola is pursuing her Ph.D in Music at New York University. She is a recent recipient of Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta (München) stipendium, Projektstipendien Junge Kunst /Neue Medien für Musik 2021 from the Rathaus München.
Viola's instruments and performances has been presented in major music festivals and concert series in New York: New York University, Abrons Arts Center, Center for Performing Research, Brooklyn Studio for Dance, Issue Project Room, Look and Listen Festival, Shape
Shifter Lab, DiMenna Center, Real Time Media Festival, Kimmel Galleries, The Old Stone, Weird Wednesday on Thursday in Barbes, 2nd Annual Female Composers Festival at Spectrum, The Cell, Secret Theater and Flushing Town Hall; Missouri: MOXsonic Festival in University of Central Missouri; Chicago: University of Chicago, Elastic Arts, Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Frequencies Festival in Constellation, Arts Club of Chicago; Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Boston and Cambridge (MA): Third Life Studio and LilyPad, Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University; Cycling 74 Expo; Bang On A Can Festival; Ohio: Bowling Green State University; Pittsburgh: Carneigie Mellon University; Baltimore: Peabody Institute; Ithaca: Cornell University and Electrozone; Buffalo: PAUSA Art House, Saratoga Spring: Super Dark Thursdays; Los Angelos: OUTHAUS; San Diego: University of California San Diego; Texas: TEDXSMU, Southern Methodist University; Montreal: NoHay Banda series; Toronto: 918 Bathurst; Mexico: University of Guanajuato; Hong Kong: Radio and Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Tung Nam Lou Hotel, SAAL, Artouch, Hive Spring Gallery; Beijing: Aotuspace and Miji concerts; Shanghai: Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Gallery; Kuala Lumpur: KLEX Festival; United Kingdom: Sonic Lab in SARC at Queen University Belfast, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Huddersfield University; Italy: soundSCAPE festival and HIGHSCORE festival; Portugal: Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics in Madeira; Belgium: Orpheus Insitute in Ghent, QO-2 in Brussels; Netherlands: De Tanker in Noord in Amsterdam; The Helicopter Project Space in the Hague; Switzerland: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Unternehmen Mitte in Basel; Cologne: Alte Feuewache in Cologne, ON Musik Köln, Fuhrwerkswaage; Moers: Schlosspark in Moers, Düsseldorf: Glashaus in Worringer Platz in Düsseldorf; Darmstadt: Darmrstädter Fierenkurse; Berlin: Radialsystem, Willows Nest, Loophole, Börnestudio 45, Kek Lo Cafe, West Germany venue, Kühlspot, Exploratorium, Spektrum and Universität der Kunste Berlin.
Upcoming collaborations include an interdisciplinary project with Ingo Reulecke (dance), Simon Rose (saxophone) and Nicola Hein (electronics and guitar) in Berlin, a creation of Augmented Snare Drum with Etienne Nillesen (drum) in Köln, as well as a sound art performance with Karina Erhard (Flute) and Katrin Schafitel (dance).
photo credit: Nicola L. Hein