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Kaori Suzuki is a California-based artist, performer, and composer.  Born in Japan in the early 80s and relocated to the United States as a child, she moved to Olympia, WA in 2004, and has been a west coast resident since.  

Suzuki’s spiraling sound visions are geared for heightened states of listening-and-being, often working with loud, high-droning electric and acoustic instruments, synthesis, tape, oscillators, and other elements necessary to spin her auditory transmissions.   Her long time interests in third-ear tone psychedelia and acoustic phenomena inform her live performances, recordings, and installation works.  Her recent projects explore the rudimentary use of auditory distortion products, combining very-high-frequencies, long durations, and alternate tunings.  

When she is not working on her solo works, her other projects include drumming in the San Franciscan minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors; her ongoing, collaborative light & sound happenings with partner, John Krausbauer; and playing cello and electric guitar in the ever-intense amplified string ensemble, Ecstatic Music Band.

Suzuki’s background in electronic music and instrument making is diverse, including her autodidactic productions of electronic instruments for her (now defunct) project, Magic Echo Music, from 2008-2013.  Her custom and small run instruments have been utilized by musicians around the globe and most venerably by Hiroshi Hasegawa (C.C.C.C., Astro).  Suzuki has taught at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College and is a lecturer on the cultural and material history of sound reproduction and its effects on global musical practice at Santa Clara University.

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