Archive for February 2010
meri nikula, vocal and video-/mediaartist from finland.
she did a very impressive ‘abstract’ – vocal-based performance (extended technique), using little electronic devices for doing some looping and modulation of her voice…
you find meri nikula’s website here (it’s not been updated for a while), but there are also some clips on vimeo.
that concert-night at freedom cafe was organised by the people running highti, who were also performing various live sets, the admission was free (which is very, very rare in tokyo).
the precise line up can be found somewhere in the deep woods of highti’s website for sure.
highti is a rare place in tokyo, situated in the eastern part of the city close to the yahiro-station; it is an old warehouse, that was partly ‘rearranged’ and ‘reconstructed’ by satochi yashiro and his partners and is now used as flats, artist studios, as concert room, kitchen, living room. it has become a place for art, work and socialising.
the listening-evennt on the 20th of feb. was currated by madoka kuonu – who did a very astonishing set using only taperecorders.
i did a solo-set again, performing in complete darkness (without display) at very low volume, playing along with what i could hear in the room which was basically the clock on the wall and the heating system of the room, as well as sounds from outside…
you should check highti’s website for updates, concerts etc. if you are in tokyo.
the line up for the show was as follows :
kutin (max msp, sounds found in the room, darkness)
hannes lingens, pierre borel & madoka kuonu (percussions, saxophone, taperecorders)
kutin peter, hannes lingens & pierre borel (max msp, percussions, sxophone)
mamoru okuno’s performance étude no.13 is focusing on the audioquality of water changing it’s aggregate state from ‘hard’ (frozen) to ‘liquid’ (the process of melting). he presented it in a ceremonial-context without becoming pathetic or esotheric, but much more than that, he was creating a very unique aesthetic of ‘performative’ soundart alligned with a good sense of humor, that left a deep impression on me.
listen to the hanging ice, music for waterdrops, sounds for a room…
find more infos on mamoru’s website or at the tokyo-wondersite homepage.
cafe sample + the white room gallery is a popular venue for concentrated listening concerts in nara .
probably the very best place to perform silent-experimental music. i did a solo set again at the end of the night. i played in total darkness with my display turned off, still the people from sample uploaded a video where you can’t see anything but some led’s shimmering ->> youtube
the line up was as listed below :
i have not got any pictures yet, i was too tired to do so during the concerts, and it would have disturbed either my or other people’s concentration….so i wait for someone sending me some pics or the audio recordings of the concerts.
video-documentation of various concerts at sample are found here (youtube)….
i got invited by ken okami to join a short rehearsal at a dance-studio in northern-kyoto.
ken is contolling fluorescent lights or fluorescent tubes with dimmer systems and picks up the sound of the changing electonic field –
by this means he is creating intense and flickering sound-light situations.
What I first only discovered as an empty backstage room for artists performing at cafe-independants turned out to be one of the best places for experimental musicians to show up in kyoto : parallax records (>>>blog)- run by katsura mouri – known from the outstanding band ‘busratch‘ .
I don’t know how they do it, but katsura and her collegue filled the room, that appeared more or less empty before, with a very exquisit and fine selection of hundrets cds and vinyls ; going from luc ferrari, john cage, morton feldmanon up to 21st century experimental music. Parallax rec. is only focusing on contemporary/exp. music – which is great and I have never seen a store offering so much good music – on such little space.
arrived at 16:00 in kyoto by the bullet train shinkansen .
I was very happy to see my dear friend ken okami after quite some time again.
the venue where i performed, cafe independants, has sadly lost it’s undergound spirit it seemed to have some time ago. now it’s more like a hip-club-kind-of-thing…anyways, i started the evening with my performance, followed by a very nice guitar/electronic set of polar M, and the whole evening got it’s ‘finishing-move’ by a very boring band from france. seems like i am getting in trouble with the french the longer it lasts. ken okami said he ‘…doesn’t want to waste his time by listening to boring music’ – and he is definitely right. i think it was adorno who said ‘schlechte musik kann man nicht wieder gut machen’ – that just plops into my mind – i am not a big fan of adorno ; but, well, listen to adorno talking … it ‘s funny and sad – ‘dialektisch’ maybe….
kyoto is beautiful.