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Rieko Okuda

Rieko Okuda

Rieko Okuda – Pianist, Violist, Electronics

Rieko Okuda is a pianist and a composer from Japan. She began to play Classical music at the age of 3. In her young age, she attended to Kaizuka city Piano Competition in Osaka, and got the first prize. She also studied Music Therapy at Doshisha Women's College. Music Therapy led her into Contemporary music, Improvised music, and Jazz. After her study in the college, she moved to USA to study Jazz music. She fell right into the Jazz scene in USA, performing with some of the great American Jazz musicians (Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, John Fedchock etc) at several jazz festivals such as North Texas Jazz Festival, Nortredam Jazz Festival to name a few. A couple of years later, she got interested in Free Jazz and Improvised music while she was in Phliladelphia. She performed with the great improvisers includes Marshall Allen (from San Ra Orchestra), Elliott Levine (recorded with Cecil Taylor), and Calvin Weston (recorded with Ornette Coleman). Her interests in Improvised music led her to move to Berlin. She performs with various musicians in Berlin ex. Tobias Delius, Ignaz Schick, Axel Dörner, Els Vendaweyer, and Linda Frederickson, ect. Also, she collaborates with contemporary dancers such as Akemi Nagao, Jenny Ocampo, and Annapaola Leso (from Sasha Waltz.) She performs at several experimental festivals: A'Larme Festival, JOE Festival Essen, Brda Contemporary Music Festival, Sound Disobiedience, XChange Festival, Experymental Festival, Flux Festival, and Soundance Festival to name a few.
In 2017 and 2018, she got the residency in Elektronik Music Studio (EMS) in Stockholm, Sweden. This residency experiences inspired her to Electro-Acoustic field, and she started to invite the electronics to her piano solo pieces. Her first Electro-Acoustic solo album "Paranorm" was released from Japanese record lable, Athor Harmonics, on Feburary 2018. "Paranorm" was performed at Koncertkirken Blagards Plads (DK), Ausland (DE), FLUX Festival (DE), and Vardklockans Församling (SE). In 2020, she has gotten the residency in Visby International Centere for Composers (VICC) to extend her experience, and find more possibilities to create various sounds and composition techniques.

Kakaliagou/Schmoliner + Okuda/Vandeweyer

3 Mar 2017 - 20:30

Kakaliagou / Schmoliner: Ingrid Schmoliner – prepared piano, voice; Elena Kakaliagou – french horn, voice

Metal Illusion: Rieko Okuda – piano, keyboard, viola, puppets, lights; Els Vandeweyer – vibraphone, trash guitar, puppets, lights

Leila Bordreuil/ Zach Rowden + Rieko Okuda

23 Feb 2018 - 20:30
Rieko Okuda/ Zach Rowden / Leila Bordreuil

Leila Bordreuil – cello
Zach Rowden – contrabass

Rieko Okuda – piano, speakers

Michael Renkel / Activity Center + Mat Pogo

3 Nov 2018 - 20:30

Michael Renkel: Nomos Alto (Miako Klein, Johnny Chang, Emilio Gordoa, Rieko Okuda)

Activity Center + Mat Pogo
Burkhard Bein
s – percussion and strings
Michael Renkel
– strings and percussion
Mat Pogo
– voice


4 Apr 2020 - 20:30


HUMANIZATION 4TET: Luis Lopes; Rodrigo Amado; Aaron Gonzalez; Stefan Gonzalez

Project VO: Antti Virtaranta; Rieko Okuda


11 Jun 2021 - 20:00
METAL ILLUSION by Lothar Fietzek


Metal Illusion
Els Vandeweyer – vibraphone, percussion, visuals
Rieko Okuda – piano, electronics, visuals

Live stream on the ausland youtube channel

Humanizaton 4tet + Project VO

29 Sep 2021 - 20:30
29 Sep 2021 - 22:30
© Humanization 4tet by António Júlio Duarte

HUMANIZATION 4TET: Luis LopesRodrigo AmadoAaron GonzalezStefan Gonzalez

Project VO: Antti VirtarantaRieko Okuda

Ermke/Kerbaj/Tuerlinckx + Metal Illusion

19 Feb 2023 - 20:30
19 Feb 2023 - 23:48
Metal Illusion / Illustration by Mazen Kerbaj

Metal Illusion
Els Vandeweyer + Rieko Okuda 

Ermke/Kerbaj/Tuerlinckx Trio Premiere
Andrea Ermke + Mazen Kerbaj + Anaïs Tuerlinckx