Lungs of the City: Olmsted’s Parks in Music

Posted by ayumi on June 8, 2021

I'm so excited about this! I'm writing a World Premiere work for chamber septet inspired by NYC's Fort Tryon Park for "Lungs of the City: Olmsted’s Parks in Music" alongside seven fantastic composers of Landscape Music!

Fort Tryon Park has been my favorite park since I moved to Washington Heights, and it's my honor to write a musical response to the park I love. So much gratitude to Landscape Music and its Founder & Director Nell Shaw Cohen, Music in the American Wild, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and guest performers at Michigan Technological University for this amazing opportunity.


Composer's Forum: What Inspires You To Create?

Posted by ayumi on June 6, 2021


Composer's Forum: What Inspires You To Create? 

Excited to be joining a forum for pianists and composers alongside the fantastic composers from the Abundant Silence roster: Martha Hill Duncan, Wynn-Anne Rossi, Dimitar Ninov, Grisha Krivchenia, and Aaron Ricucci-Hill!

This event is part of the 2021 Festival for Creative Pianists and is open to participants and the general public. Admission is by donation (suggested donation $20 for adults and $10 for under 15 or 60+).




Performer-Composer Concert - Featuring Tatev Amiryan, Grisha Krivchenia, & Ayumi Okada

Excited about this concert next Saturday! I'll be featured as composer and pianist alongside the fantastic Tatev Amiryan and Grisha Krivchenia. 

This concert is part of the 2021 Festival for Creative Pianists by Abundant Silence, and is open to the general public as well as the participants! Admission is by donation. Please see the details here!


From the concert (updated 6/20/2021)

Here is the archive of my performance at the concert! Thank you for joining and listening :)

Concert: Songs for the Rest of Us

Posted by ayumi on April 22, 2021


   “Every Day” from our show The Uncivil Ones has been chosen from hundreds of songs to be published in a ten-song musical theatre piano/vocal collection! 

   Join me and a roster of incredible artists and writers for a celebratory release concert on MONDAY, MAY 3rd, 7:30 pm EDT. Tickets are free but registration is required! 


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   The collection (a digital, you-print-it download) is $25 and goes on sale May 3rd.

   The collection’s mission is to deliver fresh, inclusive songs to under-served artists. So proud to be part of this project!

   Collection Pre-Orders: email, subject 'Songs4Us Pre-Order’.

   Thanks for supporting new inclusive music!

Joining Landscape Music!

Posted by ayumi on March 26, 2021


I'm thrilled to be joining this wonderful network of musical artists and an online publication! Landscape Music is founded by composer Nell Shaw Cohen in 2015 to deepen public appreciation of the natural world by providing a platform for contemporary composers and performers whose music engages with landscape, nature, and place. Nature, alongside storytelling, has always been a big inspiration for my composition, and it's my honor to be joining this network! Please check out their beautiful website for more info!


音楽を通じ人々の自然を慈しむ心を喚起する目標で作られた、Landscape Musicというネットワークに加えてもらいました。景色・自然・場所をテーマに音楽を作る現代作曲家・演奏家がfeatureされていて、私にとっても自然は物語と並んで常に大きな作曲のインスピレーションなので、メンバーになることができて光栄です。プロフィールページには"A Sunny Autumn Day in Kyoto"と"In the Shade of an Acacia Tree" for viola のYoutube videoを作品のサンプルとして載せてもらいました。ぜひご覧ください!