Shiori Usui & 薄井史織


Concert at MUZA Kawasaki on 7th March 2015

New piece for Organ (with audience participation) will be played at Muza Kawasaki, Japan on 7th March 2015. Audience will make sound with papers, mouth and balloons!



Blog about participating in Duncan Chapman’s workshops

As part of Sound and Music’s Embedded programme with BCMG, I had a great opportunity to participate in some of Duncan Chapman‘s (music animateur) workshops and I wrote a blog about it. 

You can read it HERE

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Performed at Tokushu Ongakusai (Peculiar Music Festival) in Tokyo!


Performed “from scratch” (Japan Version) at Tokushu Ongaku sai (Perculier Music Festival) in Tokyo in July! Such a thrilling festival! Until the next time! 😉 The performance video to follow, watch this space!

“Deep” featured on Classical Music Magazine

My recent piece “Deep” composed for BCMG is featured on the current issue of Classical Music Magazine (May 2014).


Deep – World Première

Performed by BCMG, Martyn Brabbins and Shiori Usui at CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 27th April 2014

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Deep – World Première!

Very much excited about the World Première of my new piece “Deep” on Sunday 27th April.
It will be played by BCMG and myself (vocal improvisation) with a brilliant conductor, Martyn Brabbins.
The piece will receive 2 performances in a day (Woooo!). The first concert will be at “Families @ 4” from 16.00 and the 2nd concert will be from 18.30. The programme of the 2nd concert also includes Beckett/Feldman’s “Words and Music”, and Skempton’s “Only the Sound Remains”. Both will be at CBSO Centre, Birmingham.

Details can be found below;
Families @ 4: Click HERE
2nd Concert: Click HERE


Gauche the Cellist

I am having a lot of fun creating the work Gauche the Cellist, through a combination of live music, sound design and shadow puppetry with such a fantastic team of artists including the children from additional support needs at Saltersgate School, Dalkeith, Scotland, the musicians from Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the shadow puppeteers from Vision Mechanics since late October 2013.  The performance of our work will be on Wednesday 12th March 2014, and we are so excited to be able to show our work to everyone!

Gauche the Cellist is generously supported by Creative Scotland’s Quality Production Arts Programme, Midlothian Council, Skoog Music, BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Ponton House Trust.



Improvisation Gig at Risk in Birmingham!

Excited to perform with such a great line-up of musicians.

“In a weekend-long celebration of the unknown, we have invited an outstanding line up of thrilling, innovative musicians to Town Hall as a first step in a journey to explore risk.
We’ll have a rare all-night event, performances in the round and evenings where we expect some of the most unexpected music to be made.
Bring your ears along to this exploration of risk, improvisation, spontaneity and music created in the moment.”

Arve Henriksen trumpet, voicerisk
Melinda Maxwell oboe
Daniel Pioro violin
Sam Underwood electronics
Shiori Usui voice, piano
Ilan Volkov violin
Gail Brand trombone

Saturday 2nd November, 8pm
Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

RISK webpage

Crack Up and Free Improvisation Gigs in Birmingham!

Crack Up at 4 Square Weekender

Crack Up, the piece inspired by the sound of suppressed laughter,  was performed again last Sunday by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at 4 Squares Weekenders in Birmingham.

I also had my Birmingham début for performing free improvised pieces with wonderful Melinda Maxwell on oboe.



My friend Tom Butler has kindly created a podcast featuring my interview and music. You can have a listen to/download the podcast from HERE (