Shiomi, Mieko [Chieko]
- J. Michele Edwards
(b Okayama, Dec 13, 1938). Japanese composer and performance artist. She studied music theory and composition with Shibata and Hasegawa and the piano with Koji Taku at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, graduating in musicology in 1961. In 1961 she began to work exclusively as a freelance composer and performer, founding Group-Ongaku, an experimental ensemble focussing on improvisation, taped music and events, with Kosugi and Mizuno. In 1963 Nam June Paik introduced her to Fluxus, and, with the encouragement of George Maciunas, she went to New York to participate in the movement from 1964 to 1965. Most of her works before 1977 are event pieces such as Direction Music (1964), in which ten participants pull strings attached to a performer's fingers, or the series of international mail events published as Spatial Poem (1965–75). In later, notated compositions Shiomi continued to produce intermedia and theatrical works. In ...