Mieko Shiomi (Okayama, JP, 1938)
Mieko Chieko Shiomi is a Japanese artist and composer. In 1960 she founded the group Ongaku to explore improvisation and action. Members of this group included Takehisa Kosugi, Shukou Mizuno, Mikio Tojima, and Gen’ichi Tsuge, with Yasunao Tone joining later. The group hosted performances by artists including John Cage, La Monte Young and George Brecht. Between 1963 and 1964 she began to compose action poems, eliminating musical notations from the score entirely in favour of verbal instructions to be interpreted by the performer. From 1964 to 1965, she lived in New York City, having been invited by George Maciunas, where she contributed to Fluxus events. After 1977, she returned to work on her own compositions but continued her links with Fluxus. Shiomi lives and works in Osaka.