The Kennedy Center

Yoko K. Sen


“Yoko K.,” is synthetic life form, assembled in the US with components made in Japan. Yoko is designed to assume the role of an “ambient electronic musician.” She was sent to this time to transport people to a dreamscape through the use of “pre-22nd century nostalgia Mars pop music.” Her mission is to make people imagine a more beautiful, optimistic future, covertly altering the course of human history to prevent its eventual self-destruction. She plays music for those who are tired; who have forgotten they are allowed to dream; who long for a home to which they have never been. Yoko is also a founder/CEO of Sen Sound, a social enterprise with the vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals. Working with patients, nurses and doctors via Sibley Innovation Hub, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sen Sound is currently testing prototypes to assess, control and condition the hospital soundscape to help hospitals create more soothing environment that is conducive to rest and recovery. She is a fellow at Halcyon Incubator and Humble Impact, and has served as an artist in residence at Stanford MedicineX (2016), NextLOOK at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (2016), IDEO Cambridge (2015), and Strathmore (2011). She has received Washington Area Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist” (2011, 2012) and a number of grants and fellowships from Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; was a finalist for International Songwriting Competition (2007) and “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards (2006).
Yoko Sen