Misa Shimomura is a Japanese pianist, composer and improviser. For the past fifteen years her work has centred on free improvisation and the contemporary art scene. From 1999 to 2006 she was a pianist in the Kyoto neo-classical duo THIS=MISAxSAIKOU together with the violinist and improviser Saikou Miyajima in the Mie Prefecture of Japan. During this period she began improvising herself and presenting her own solo piano concerts.
Since then she has been in contact with many other artists including the film makers Werner Penzel (Cinenomad) and Ayako Mogi; the contemporary dancer Maki Morishita; the painter Mikolaj Polinski; the sound artist Atsushi Nishijima; the musicians Balts Nill and also with Kyogen performers (Japanese traditional theatre), with DJs and with poets. As a pianist she performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach and John Cage. Each new interaction has opened new doors in her acoustic education: her interests now include the physiology of sound perception, the relationship between physical space and acoustics and experiments with new musical instruments.
In October 2010 Shimomura moved to Germany where she has performed and exhibited in many places including B-flat, Berlin (November, 2010); BR2 radio "hör! spiel! art mix" in Munich (July, 2011); the Emerson Gallery, Berlin (January, 2012) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Gruppenanalyse und Gruppenpsychotherapie (June, 2012).
Misa Shimomura was born in the Mie Prefecture of Japan in 1977. For 10 years she studied classical piano. In 1999, as a result of her contact with Saikou Miyajima she became interested in improvisation and collaborated with him, as THIS=MISAxSAIKOU, for eight years.
In 2006 she was invited to join the international art project Laboratoire Village Nomade in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2010 she was a member of the art project there, jour par jour cie, working with the German filmmaker Werner Penzel (Cinenomad) and the Japanese photographer Ayako Mogi. In 2009 the film project moved to the island of Awajishima, Japan. THIS=MISAxSAIKOU  was the subject the documentary film Ask the Wind by Ayako Mogi which took the Special Prize at the 2002 Nyon International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. She plays piano in the film Touch the Sound - A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie  by Thomas Riedelsheimer in 2003 with other guest musicians including Fred Frith and Ondekoza. In 2010 Misa received a major award in the music section of the Aichi Arts Challenge.
During her life as a musician she has lived in many different places: in the Mie Prefecture, in Osaka, Shiga, Kyoto and Awajishima; at La Corbiere in Switzerland; in Berlin; and in Poznan in Poland. All these travels and experiences have influenced her work; in the meantime she also performs with other instruments including violin, guitar, percussion and voice, giving readings of her poems and lyrics, and works as a composer for both film and radio.
Misa Shimomura currently lives and works in Berlin.

"Gray Fugue"/ Mikolaj Polinski & Misa Shimomura was on the exhibition.
Piano Performance 20:30 start 23rd Apr 2015, 16:00 start 31st May 2015
HAUS am LÜTZOWPLATZ Berlin, Germany

Rysunek fortepianem - 29 May
“Drawing by Piano” - Improvisation Live Performance by Misa Shimomura & Mikolaj Polinski
PWSZ w koninie/ State University of Applied Sciences in Konin, Poland

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gruppenanalyse und Gruppenpsychotherapie “Konflikt Potenz”
Musikalische Improvisation am 12-14.06.2015 im Harnack-Haus, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany   www.d3g.org

Ortstermin Moabit - M&M’s & A.C., MMXV - 3 Jul - 5 Jul
Mikolaj Polinski, Misa Shimomura, Albert Coers in Moabit, Berlin
organisiert vom Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

POLISH SUMMER - Improvisation Music Concert - 29 Aug
Saikou Miyajima/ Violin, Eisuke Oooka/Electronics, Misa Shimomura/ Piano
Contemporary Art Museum Ise, Mie, Japan

UrPIANO - 10 Sep
Misa Shimomura Piano Solo, Yuhei Fukui Piano Solo, guest; Saikou Miyajima Violin
UrBANGUILD Kyoto, Japan 

Sound and Drawing Workshop for Children 
by Misa Shimomura (sound) and Mikolaj Polinski (drawing)
Contemporary Art Museum Ise, Mie, Japan

Sound Cultivation - 27 Sep
Misa Shimomura /Piano, Mikolaj  Polinski /Drawing, Ryotaro /Accordion, Keiko Yamaguchi /Dance
Eisuke Oooka /Guitar, guest: Saikou Miyajima /Violin
Restaurant Cultivate, Mie, Japan

Mikolaj Polinski Exhibition Closing Events 
Improvisation Music Live Recording Concert [ Sound of Pentagonal Garden ] - 28th Sep
Misa Shimomura /piano and Saikou Miyajima /violin
Contemporary Art Museum Ise, Mie, Japan

International art workshop in Skoki 2015 - 04 - 08 Nov
(Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Japan)
University of Arts in Poznan, Poland

Performance by Misa Shimomura and Mikolaj Polinski
galeria Terminal 08, Gorzow, Poland

Works from 1999 - 2012 is here
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Bach and Back
with Mikolaj Polinski

Nanairo -Seven Colors-
Misa Shimomura

rA distance
This=Misa x Saikou

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