Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to
pursue her interest in live electronic music. She studied with Eliane
Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. Sonami's sound
performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on
issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural
controllers for performance and applies new technologies and
appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound,
place and objects. Best known for her unique instrument, the
elbow-length "lady's glove", which is fitted with an array of sensors
tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body, she has performed
worldwide and earned substantial international renown. Recent
performances include ReiheM in Cologne, Berlin Wie es ihr gefaellt
Festival, San Francisco SFMOMA, RPI Filament Festival and Shanghai Arts
Recent projects include Sound Gates (2011) a public sound
installation on a 2.5km pier in Rijeka, Croatia, and Sheepwoman
(2010-11), a live film in collaboration with SUE-C, based on a Murakami
Sonami has received numerous awards among which the Herb
Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary
23.07.2000: "Le Crachecophage",
together with Jocelyn Robert.
24.07.2011: „Le Crachecophage“, together with Jocelyn Robert.
31.07.2011: „Les Scaphandres”, together with Jocelyn Robert.
07.08.2011: „The Empire of the Butterflies“, together with Jocelyn Robert.