Time: September 27, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Abrons Arts Center
Street: 466 Grand Street
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://issueprojectroom.org/d…
Event Type: performance
Organized By: ISSUE Project Room
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2012
Curated by Aki Onda
ISSUE Project Room will present two evenings of pioneering Japanese artists renowned for their unique, interdisciplinary approaches to sound-based practices: Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, and Otomo Yoshihide. The performances will span a wide array of artistic disciplines including literature, sound art, conceptual performance, and improvisation — all converging around a theme of highly personalized, experimental approaches to sound perception, production, and presentation. While Gozo Yoshimasu and Akio Suzuki, seminal figures in the fields of Japanese literature and sound art, respectively, have garnered acclaim throughout Japan and Europe, though their work is largely unknown in North America.
The first evening of Voices and Echoes brings together pioneering Japanese artists Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, and Otomo Yoshihide. Sound artist Akio Suzuki will perform on a range of unique instruments including an Iwabue, the ancient stone flute passed down through his family for many generations and the Analapos, an instrument he invented in the 1970s that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders. Experimental poet Gozo Yoshimasu will perform works utilizing his unique vocalization style of recitation, which relies upon a highly rhythmic delivery and intense vocal modulations. Yoshimasu will perform in collaboration with Otomo Yoshihide, an experimental guitarist/turntablist and leading international figure in the fields of contemporary noise and improv.