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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 was selected by the Japanese Cultural Ministry as a member of Residency Program for Upcoming Artists Who Lead The Next Generation, 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"

Main Activity


・ [composer] Snow Woman directed by Kiki Sugino

・ [music coordinator] The Shell Collector directed by Yoshifumi Tsubota

・ [trainee] Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists Who Lead the Next Generation by Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government at an architectural acoustic company, Walters-Storyk Design Group.

・ [sound editor] I Turn To Jello directed by Andrew T. Betzer



・ [composer] A Growing Culture's fundraising campaign

・ [composer] Kyoto Elegy directed by Kiki Sugino

・ [sound installation] tangent:



・ [composer & sound designer] Au Revoir L'été directed by Koji Fukada

・ [music editor & composer: additional music] Kinki directed by Kotaro Wajima

・ [music producer] Taksu directed by Kiki Sugino



・ [sound designer & music producer] Odayaka directed by Nobuteru Uchida

・ [composer & sound designer] Casual Encounters directed by Will McCord



・ [composer] Mo Ikkai directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

・ [sound designer] Springtime Nostalgia directed by Edmund Yeo



・ [composer & sound designer] Folkswagon directed by Shachar Langlev

・ [composer: additional music] Alex directed by Annalisa Vozza



・ [composer & sound designer] Magic & Loss directed by Kah-Wai Lim