Japanese soundscapes, dance and animation in North London
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime, an alternative take on traditional Japanese music.
London based producer, Verity Lane of Tottenham Soundscapes has created new experimental pieces, due to be shown at two upcoming gigs next month. Recently, two pieces from her ‘3 Summer Pieces’ for bass koto (Japanese harp) were premiered on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Late Junction’.
North London venues, Cafe Oto and T Chances are to host the soundscapes written for both Japanese and Western instruments. This blend of classical and avant garde will be accompanied by bespoke animations and traditional Japanese dance. International koto player, Etsuko Takezawa and sho (mouthorgan) player, Ko Ishikawa are flying in from Tokyo especially to perform Verity’s music.
Yugen is a Japanese aesthetic usually referred to as dark and mysterious. Verity came up with the phrase Yugenism, meaning to embrace the dark and mysterious. (Although, as Verity later found out, Japanese artist, Kenzo Okada actually coined the phrase Yugenism in the 20th century. Boo.)
The British producer and sound artist has worked with three animators and one traditional Japanese dancer to create these four sonic installations of live performance, visuals and spoken word. So get your tickets and experience an original interpretation of yugen right here in North London.
Etsuko Takezawa (koto/Tokyo-based*), Ko Ishikawa (sho)/Tokyo-based*), Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance), Liam Noble (piano),Tomoko Komura (Narration), Clive Bell (shakuhachi)
Rowan O’Brien, Barry O’Brien, Etienne Eve
Tottenham Soundscapes resident artist, Christopher Lane.
When: 25th February 2017
Where: T Chances 399 High Rd, London, N17 6QN
What time: 7pm (6pm doors open for Japanese food)
Tickets: Right here
When: 26th February 2017
Where: Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St
What time: 7:30pm
Tickets: Right here
Have a look at the Facebook Event Page for more details.
Photos via eventbrite.
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