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CV for TEI BLOW

Current through January 2017

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BIO:

Tei Blow is a performer and media designer born in Japan, raised in the United States, and based in Brooklyn, New York. Tei’s work incorporates photography, video, and sound from live instrumentation and found media artifacts. He has performed and designed for The Laboratory of Dmitry Krymov, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Big Dance Theater, and David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group. He also performs as Frustrator on Enemies List Recordings and is one half of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble. Tei’s work has been featured at Hartford Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Festival, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public Theater, The Broad Stage, MCA Chicago, MFA Boston, Kate Werble Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and at theaters around the world. He is the recipient of a 2015 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Sound Design for “I Understand Everything Better,” by dancer and choreographer David Neumann. Tei’s most recent production with Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “The Art of Luv Part I: Elliot,” premiered in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in January, 2016. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital award and 2013 Franklin Furnace Award. Blow is a recipient of a 2016 NYSCA Individual Artist Grant for the composition of “I used to love you”, a new sound score for Martha Graham Dance Company made in collaboration with Kid Millions and Zach Lehrhoff.

EDUCATION

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
BA, Summa Cum Laude, 2002
Major: Studio Art / TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND DESIGNS

2017
Sound Design. Martha Graham Dance Company, “I Used to Love You”, The Joyce Theater, New York, NY, Feb 2017 World Premiere
Sound Design, Amanda Loulaki, “house of winds: a process for Untitled 2”, Gibney Dance, New York, NY, January 2017

2016
Sound Design. Harvard University TDM, “A Dream Play” Directed by Daniel Kramer, Cambridge, MA, September 2016.
Sound Design. Big Dance Theater, “Short Form.” The Kitchen, New York, NY, January 2016.
Sound Design. Big Dance Theater, “This Page Left Intentionally Blank.” MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA, January 2016.
Sound and Video Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “The Art of Luv Part I: Elliot.” The Public Theater, New York, NY, January 2016.
Sound, Interaction Design, Performance. David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, “I Understand Everything Better.” The Chocolate Factory, Queens, NY, January 2016.

2015
Projection System Design. Andrew Ondrejcak/Shara Worden, “You Us We All.” Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, November, 2015.
Sound Design. Big Dance Theater, “Short Form.” American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD, November, 2015.
Sound and Video Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “The Art of Luv Part II: Starbucks Infinity.” Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, New York, NY, June 2015.
Sound Design. Big Dance Theater, “Alan Smithee Directed This Play.” Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA, June 2015.
Sound, Interaction Design, Performance. David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, “I Understand Everything Better,” Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY, April 2015.
Original Score. Matthew Lopez, “Reverberation.” Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, February 2015.
Sound and Video Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “Everything One in the Disc of the Sun.” Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, PA, January 2015.

2014
Sound and Media Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “The Art of Luv Part I: Elliot,” Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, New York, NY, November 2014.
Sound and Media Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “The Art of Luv Part I: Elliot,” Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, November 2014.
Video Design. “The Prodigal Sun.” (Video installation), Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, November 2014.
Sound Design. Big Dance Theater, “Alan Smithee Directed This Play.” Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, New York, September 2014.
Sound Design and Performance. Big Dance Theater, “Man in a Case.” National Tour: Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Berkeley Rep, Berkeley, CA; Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston, MA; 2013-2014.
Sound and Video Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “Everything One in the Disc of the Sun.” Participant Gallery, New York, NY, January 2014.

2013
Sound Design. Alec Duffy, “Our Planet,” Japan Society, New York, NY, November, 2013.
Sound Design and Performance. Big Dance Theater, “Man in a Case.” National Tour: Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Berkeley Rep, Berkeley, CA; Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston, MA; Washington, D.C., Shakespeare Theater; 2013-2014.
Photography Exhibition, ONE NIGHT ONLY ART, Brooklyn Photo, Brooklyn, New York, 2013.

2012
Sound and Video Design. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, “At the End of the World.” Installation and performance, Farley Post Office, New York, NY, December 2012.
Sound and Video Design. David Neumann/ Advanced Beginner Group, “Restless Eye.” New York Live Arts, New York, NY, March 2012.

2011
Sound Design. Jodi Melnick, “Bird, Bear, Grey Violet-Blue.” Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY, 2011.
Sound, Interaction and Video Design. The Laboratory of Dmitry Krymov, “In Paris.” International Tour: Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki, Finland; Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Holland; Les Etes de la Danse, Paris, France; Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA; Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley, CA; Spoleto Festival, Spoleto, Italy; Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY, 2011.

2010
Sound Design. Stacy Spence, “Eden As We Recall,” Dance Space Projects, New York, NY, May, 2010.

2009
Sound and Video Design. Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna, “Three Solos and a Duet.” International Tour: National Opera House, Riga, Latvia; The Dramatic Theater, Stockholm, Sweden; Theatre Reggio, Parma, Italy; Serbian National Theater, Novi Sad, Serbia; Grand Theater, Lodz, Poland; Auditorio della Conciliazione, Rome, Italy; Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari, Italy; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam; Piccolo Teatro, Milan, Italy; Matadero, Madrid, Spain; Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA; Kahilu Theater, Kona, HI; Ballet Hawaii, Honolulu, HI; Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI; Harris Theater, Chicago, IL; Newmark Theater, Portland, OR; 2009.
Sound Design. Deganit Shemy. “Arena.” New York Live Arts, New York, NY, April, 2009.

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES, AND AWARDS**

Creative Capital Award, 2016
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2014
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Studio Residency, 2014
Franklin Furnace Award, 2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

Isherwood, Charles. Review: “'The Art of Luv (Part 1),' a Quest for the Perfect Erotic Recipe.” The
New York Times. January 12, 2016, print and online.
Ryzik, Melena. “Making a Show From Found Videos, Both Unsettling and Lighthearted.” The New York Times. January 1, 2016, print and online.
Burke, Siobhan. Review: “‘Alan Smithee Directed This Play,’ at Jacob’s Pillow, Blends Three Films in Dance.” The New York Times. June 10, 2015, print and online.
Thompson, Alexander, and O'Neal, Dan. “In Which We Try to ‘Understand Everything Better.’ Culturebot. April 23, 2015, online.
Jowers, Christine. “Impressions of: ‘I Understand Everything Better.’” Dance Enthusiast. April 22, 2015, online.
Jowitt, Deborah. “The Long Journey.” ArtsJournal: DanceBeat. April 21, 2015, online.
Shaw, Helen. “I Understand Everything Better: Theater Review.” Time Out New York. April 21, 2015, online.
Kourlas, Gia. “Review: In ‘I Understand Everything Better,’ Ruthless Elemental Forces.” The New York Times. April 21, 2015, print and online.
Jenetopulos, Elliott. “Tei Blow and Sean McElroy on Their New Show The Art of Luv (Part I).” Culturebot. January 7, 2015, online.
Kourlas, Gia. “A Study of Opposites: Gibney Dance's Doubleplus Series Opens.” New York Times, November 7, 2014, print and online.
Kourlas, Gia. “Stage Is Her Playground: Jump-Rope, Fuzzy Tube and Windup Toy.” New York Times. April 11, 2014, print and online.
Conroe, Eric. “Falling Queens & Everything one: Aunts @ Renaissance.” Culturebot. September 13, 2013, online.
Kourlas, Gia. “A Monument in Motion: Rituals of Letting Go.” New York Times. June 1, 2013, print and online.
Galil, Leor. “Cheap Tunes: Frustrator's 'Anther'.” Forbes Magazine. May 30, 2013, online.
Horwitz, Andrew. “Visions of the Future at the End of the World.” Huffington Post Arts & Culture, December 10, 2012, online.
Kourlas, Gia. “A Delicate Partnership With a Room: ‘Eden as We Recall,’ by Stacy Spence, at Danspace Project.” New York Times. October 2, 2012, print and online.
Jowitt, Deborah. “Channeling Chekhov.” ArtsJournal: DanceBeat. April 13, 2012, online.
Rohrer, Jason. “Unfettered and Alive.” Stage and Cinema. April 12, 2012, online.
Boynton, Andrew. “Brain Dance: David Neumann’s ‘Restless Eye.’” New Yorker. March 30, 2012, print and online.
Larocco, Claudia. “It Could Be a Garden Party, Even the Final One.” New York Times. March 26, 2012, print and online.
Kourlas, Gia. “Through a Portal, to a World Where Listless Blue Creatures Await.” New York Times. June 25, 2011, print and online.
Sulcas, Roslyn. “What to Expect When Fairy Tales and Reality Are Just as Strange?” New York Times. February 4, 2011, print and online.
Larocco, Claudia. “Dance in Review: 'Arena'.” New York Times. April 18, 2009, print and
online.