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[born: JO Keita / SO Kyoungtae]

Born in Hiroshima in 1985. A Japanese-Korean musician.

His sonic storytelling began when his father bought him a cassette tape recorder at the age of 5. He was drawn to recording a bunch of random sound elements and making noises to the cassettes. At night he listened to the recordings in bed, and recognized that it was his calling. Inspired by nature, mathematics, visual arts and everyday noises, he has continued an inquiring mind to electronic music and sound art since then.

As a film composer his works have been recognized with prizes at international film festivals. "Au Revoir L'ete" (dir. Koji Fukada) won Grand Prix at Nantes Three Continents Festival. "Mo Ikkai" (dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi) won Grand Prix at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. "Snow Woman" (dir. Kiki Sugino) won Jury Prize at Quezon City International Film Festival.

In 2015-2016 he participated in the Artist Overseas Training Program promoted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and trained in architectural acoustics at Walters-Storyk Design Group. He researched the relationship between architecture and music. His interdisciplinary background has helped him explore connections between art and science, and rethink the way music and sound can function in our space.




2016年には文化庁新進芸術家海外研修制度のメンバーに選ばれ、建築事務所Walters-Storyk Design Groupで建築音響を学び、建築と音楽の関連性について研究する。2017年に帰国。


The Hollywood Reporter

"Sow Jow’s remarkable score using modern music inspired by Japanese tradition"


"the scoring, by Sow Jow, is similarly varied and precise, ranging from the classically Japanese and ghostly — pure choirs and sonorous soft gongs — to the more electric and even electronic"