Profile&Story

Artist Statement

Meditation is the key to making Raura’s music.
She says, every sound she makes brings her great joy.
The beautiful and graceful music reflects her aesthetics and philosophy.
It brings out the inner beauty in people and spreads magic into their surrounding space.
She considers the fading of the sound and the silence between notes as part of her “art,”
which has its roots in Asian aesthetics.

Profile

Raura learned painting and calligraphy at an early age and excels in her ability to express creatively. In University, she majored in Business Management and Psychology. In her 20’s, she begins her exploration in yoga, meditation and holistic beauty care. It was in 2002 that she discovered the singing bowls while experiencing sound therapy at a spa in Taiwan.

Her career as a crystal bowl performer begins in Japan. She releases three albums and plays at various events such as the Embassy of France and at numerous corporate events including L’Oréal, Shiseido, BMW and Audi.

In 2011, she was invited by the American company Crystal Tones to do research and she relocated to the U.S.A. Together with their research team, Crystal Resonance Lab, she explored methods of playing the instrument and developed recording techniques while working on three more CDs.

Raura leaves America for Europe in 2013. After touring Switzerland and Germany, she sets up her studio in Paris in 2014. She also establishes the “Crystal Resonance Institute,” the world’s first organization promoting education and research for the crystal bowl. Her concerts, many at churches, theaters and art galleries, mesmerized audiences. She performs worldwide, mainly in Europe, as well as America and Japan. She continues to reside in Paris.

Story

Raura’s childhood & Discovering the crystal bowl:

Raura loved to draw as a child and enjoyed going to art classes.
Her first contact with the singing bowl was in 2002. It all started at a spa in Taiwan, where the singing bowl was used as part of healing therapy.

For Raura, who had been deepening her knowledge in practices such as color therapy, psychology, traditional health maintenance methods, yoga, meditation and holistic beauty care, discovering the singing bowl felt as though fate had lead her to it.

Initially Raura was not aspiring to be a performer. Rather she was drawn to the serene spa environment and practices such as color therapy through which she was in pursuit of answers to the questions of “how to be content” and “how people can find happiness.” From the moment the mystical tones of the crystal bowl hit her ears, it began to change Raura’s life, adding color to it with it’s enchanting sound.

She explains, “I can actually see the notes of the crystal. This encounter will allow me to use space as my medium, instead of the white canvas.”

For Raura, who as a child loved to paint and found joy in coloring her imaginary world, the sound of the crystal brought her a world of infinite possibilities of color and imagination.

As a pioneer of the crystal bowl:

Raura became a crystal bowl performer in Japan, and released three albums. Soon after she relocated to the U.S.A., and collaborated with Crystal Resonance Lab, owned by Crystal Tones to do research on the sounds of the crystal bowls. Together with engineers specializing in the crystal bowl, they explored the possibilities of the instrument developing playing and recording techniques. She produced three more albums at this time. Simultaneously, Raura began preparations for setting up an International standard for an educational curriculum for the crystal bowl.

She has established this standard curriculum which she now offers through Crystal Resonance Institute.

If you would like more information on “Crystal Resonance Institute,” please refer to the link.

Raura reminisced about her time in America, saying “I was so fortunate to be provided with a place to live, a studio and engineers to do research with. It was a perfect environment where I could immerse myself in crystal bowl. All day, I thought about it, talked about it, my whole life revolved around it.” But after two years living this way she begins to feel like “I have done all I can here.” “I had a sense that at this rate I would be taken over by the crystal bowl.” She explains this sense was unique to Raura who had essentially lived as though she had offered up her soul to the instrument. She chose to leave this perfect environment in 2013 and headed for Europe with her instrument in hand.

Days in America, and to Europe:

Raura began her career in Europe, first living in Switzerland, then relocating to Germany, while working on a wide variety of projects. She participated in a German label music album, collaborated in projects with fashion brands, and appeared on stage in a theater in New York City. In 2014, she moved and settled in Paris.

In Paris, Raura opened her studio by the River Seine. She continues to be active as a crystal bowl performer, working on her albums, performing concerts, many at churches and theaters, and collaborating on joint projects with numerous French and other artists. She has also founded the world’s first crystal bowl education and research organization, “Crystal Resonance Institute,” using her knowledge based on her research in America,

On reasons of choosing Paris, she says “I feel like I can be myself here. Living in this country made me hopeful that I could make music that is purest and most authentic to me.” Her hopes are reflected in the words “Lumière de Paris,” which she has been using as the title for her performances. (As of 2018, she has had 13 shows)

Protected by the culture in Paris that honors and respects artists, she has felt free and uninhibited to explore the sounds of the crystal bowl. Immersed in the city’s beauty, she continues to seek the “Sound of Raura.”

Raura’s music is an expression of her internal landscape, inspired by her worldly travels and living in this era. In this scenery, one can see the “techniques” she has acquired in America whilst working with a crystal bowl manufacturer, the “sensibility” cultivated in France and her “individuality” naturally engrained in her from being born and raised in Japan. All these combined, makes a truly unique blend that is Raura’s music. If her music moves you in anyway, there must be something within you that resonates with her message.

Raura’s Major Performances:

2010/6 BMW: “BMW Group Mobility of the Future, Innovation Days in Japan” A sound installation at their first hybrid car launching event
2013Belgium: Atelier Relef releases an art piece modeled on Raura
2013 Spain: Alex Vinash & Crystal Music x Fashion collaboration project
2013/6CGF Global Summit: Performance at “L’Oréal Gala Party”
2014New York: Stage appearance on “The Day After MILK,” sponsored by PCP Media
2014/6Paris: First concert in France at Cathedrale Sainte Croix
2015/2Paris: Solo concert at Maison de la Culture du Japon
2015/3Kai Corporation: Concert at The 13th Corporate Cultural Events
2015/3Shisedo: Performance at their “Clé de Peau Beauté” product launching event
2015/11Paris: Concert performance at the Corporate Cultural Events hosted by the District Chief of the 8th arrondissement
2015/11Kyoto: Performance at the “International Conference Celebrating 400 Years of Rimpa School of Japanese Painting”
2015/11Hario Corporation: Performance with Togi Hideki at “HARIO Kai”
2016/4 Van Cleef & Arpels, Ginza, Grand Opening Party: Performance at the French Ambassador’s residence
2017/3Paris: Succeeding in performing her 10th concert “L’Univers du Blanc”
2018/3/26 Paris, France: Guest appearance at Taro Hakase’s concert sponsored by ANA held at the World Heritage site, Sainte Chapelle, celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Franco-Japanese Diplomatic Relation
2018/10/2 Paris, France: Performance at Bertin Poirée with a creative unit, “Chaji” whose studio is based in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
2018/10/5 Paris, France: 10th Paris performance of “Lumière de Paris: The Music of the Singing Crystal and Dance Show” produced by Raura and performed at L’Association, Les Voûtes, Paris.
2019/5/23Hiroshima, Japan: Performance for the offering ceremony at the World Heritage site, Itsukushima Shrine
2019/6/8 Kyoto, Japan: Performance at Taro Hakase Musical Festival: Offering Ceremony for the Enthronement of the Emperor at the World Heritage site, Kamigamo Shrine, sponsored by Kayanoya 2019
2019/6/15 Tokyo, Japan: Stage appearance with actress Rina Uchiyama for Elle Magazine’s “Elle Women in Society 2019” event