Emi 恵美 Pogoni is an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington with a creative practice around composition, sound design and music direction. They also engage in technical sound work, curate performance for large-scale music events, design, and assist a small architectural practice with 3D modelling. They enjoy collaborating towards experimental and/or progressive projects, work largely within stage contexts for contemporary dance, theatre, performance art and fashion runway, and are an emerging practitioner for screen. Emi is a 2021 recipient of APRA’s Professional Development Award and is spending time researching artificial intelligence.




Graduate Diploma in Design: Spatial Design
Massey University

Bachelor Of Music With Honours: Composition/Sonic Arts
Te Kōkī New Zealand School Of Music (Victoria University of Wellington & Massey University)

Bachelor Of Music: Composition/Sonic Arts, Music Studies
Te Kōkī New Zealand School Of Music (Victoria University of Wellington & Massey University)

Gordon Pl Stage

fka Newtown Ave Stage
Newtown Festival
2016 - onwards
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Works For Loudspeakers

2014 - 2018
Continued by Sonorous Circle 2018 - onwards
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Talks & Lectures

July 2019
Water Soundscapes Workshop
Sisters in Sound; Inverted Audio Sound Symposium
Pyramid Club

May 2019
Sound Within Art, Installation & Theatre Design
Artist discussion with Jason Wright & Blake Johnston
Rauropi I II III by Jason Wright
Toi Pōneke Arts Centre

April 2019, March 2018
Music Events
Music Industry Guest Lecturer
College Of Creative Arts
Massey University

March 2019
Sound/Music For Stage Productions
Composer Workshop Guest Lecturer
Te Kōkī New Zealand School Of Music
Victoria University of Wellington

February-April 2017
Studio I
Spatial Design Tutor
College Of Creative Arts
Massey University


The Wasp
Best Composer nomination
2022 Wellington Theatre Awards

Nest 38
Best Short
2022 Abbeville Bird & Nature Festival
2021 International Wildlife Film Festival

The Single Object
Long Form finalist
2021 Best Awards

A Message From 2040
Public Good finalist
2021 Best Awards

Newtown Festival
Wellington City Arts & Culture runner up
2021 Wellington Airport Community Awards

Professional Development Award
2021 APRA

Life Is Easy
Best Comedy Series nomination
2020 NZTV Awards

Burn Her
Production Excellence
2018 Auckland Theatre Awards

Hackman Cup for Most Original Production
2018 Auckland Theatre Awards

I, Will Jones
Best One Off Show nomination
2017 Wellington Comedy Awards

How To Make Friends And Still Appear Normal
Best Dance
Best Newcomer
2013 NZ Fringe Awards