Daiwa Foundation http://www.dajf.org.uk The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Toru Ishii: Delirious Metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition-event/toru-ishii-delirious-metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition-event/toru-ishii-delirious-metropolis#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:51:38 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=exhibitionevent&p=3902 Based on the subject of physicality and topicality within the delirious metropolis, Toru Ishii’s first solo exhibition in the UK aims to achieve a hybrid of expression in elements such as the past and present and the digital and analogue. He challenges how traditional art can exist in this modern age, and attempts to find a new paradigm of art by employing long-established techniques. These works are in a two-part series, Salarymen andAfter-image.

The first of the two-part series is Salarymen, the office workers who are a common feature in our cities and characterise today’s capitalist society. The second part, After-image, is based on current events and the everyday incidents and accidents that surround us in a modern city in the era of information technology, and here Ishii recaptures images featured in the media that viewers have retained in their memory.

Ishii’s works also raise the question of the cognitive ambiguity of the visual imagery between reality and fiction in an information-saturated world, especially after the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Ishii utilises the Itome Yuzen dyeing method to depict the iconography of modern society, extending the potential of this traditional art to reflect on modern subjects. Just like the Japanese print maker, Katsushika Hokusai, who portrayed the mundane customs of everyday life in Edo era, Ishii reflects on the current events and manifestation of society today, and adds an innovative value to the traditional technique of Itome Yuzen.

The artist is joined by Professor Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts.

 

The exhibition is supported by The Asahi Shimbun Foundation.

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Delirious Metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition-event/delirious-metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition-event/delirious-metropolis#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:39 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=exhibitionevent&p=3898 Based on the subject of physicality and topicality within the delirious metropolis, Toru Ishii’s first solo exhibition in the UK aims to achieve a hybrid of expression in elements such as the past and present and the digital and analogue. He challenges how traditional art can exist in this modern age, and attempts to find a new paradigm of art by employing long-established techniques. These works are in a two-part series, Salarymen and After-image.

The first of the two-part series is Salarymen, the office workers who are a common feature in our cities and characterise today’s capitalist society. The second part, After-image, is based on current events and the everyday incidents and accidents that surround us in a modern city in the era of information technology, and here Ishii recaptures images featured in the media that viewers have retained in their memory.

Ishii’s works also raise the question of the cognitive ambiguity of the visual imagery between reality and fiction in an information-saturated world, especially after the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Ishii utilises the Itome Yuzen dyeing method to depict the iconography of modern society, extending the potential of this traditional art to reflect on modern subjects. Just like the Japanese print maker, Katsushika Hokusai, who portrayed the mundane customs of everyday life in Edo era, Ishii reflects on the current events and manifestation of society today, and adds an innovative value to the traditional technique of Itome Yuzen.

The exhibition is supported by The Asahi Shimbun Foundation.

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Zen-Life: Ikkyū and Beyond http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/zen-life-ikkyu-and-beyond http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/zen-life-ikkyu-and-beyond#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:48:54 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=events&p=3896 This book examines the Japanese culture of the Muromachi epoch (14-16 centuries) with Ikkyū Sōjun (1394-1481), a celebrated monk and poet, as its focal point. Ikkyū’s contribution to the culture of his time was all-embracing and unique. He can be called the embodiment of his era, given that all the features typical for the Japanese culture of the High Middle Ages were concentrated in his personality. This multidisciplinary study of Ikkyū’s artistic, religious, and philosophical heritage reconstructs his creative mentality and his way of life. The aesthetics and art of Ikkyū are shown against a broad historical background. Much emphasis is given to Ikkyū’s interpretation of Zen. The book discusses in great detail Ikkyū’s religious and ethical principles, as well as his attitude towards sex, and shows that his rebellious and iconoclastic ways were deeply embedded in the tradition. The book pulls together materials from cultural and religious history with literary and visual artistic texts, and offers a multifaceted view on Ikkyū, as well as on the cultural life of the Muromachi period. This approach ensures that the book will be interesting for art historians, historians of literature and religion, and specialists in cultural and visual studies.

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Arita Porcelain and the Chelsea Flower Show: 400 years of History http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/arita-porcelain-and-the-chelsea-flower-show-400-years-of-history http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/arita-porcelain-and-the-chelsea-flower-show-400-years-of-history#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:23:35 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=events&p=3893 The town of Arita in Saga prefecture is one of the most famous centres for Japanese porcelain. Dating its production back to 1616, it will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2016.  Arita is small, with a population of just 20,000, but the first porcelain from Arita that was exported to Europe in the 17th century was welcomed with enormous enthusiasm.  From 1650, Arita porcelain was exported through the Dutch East India Company and became known as Imari ware, and was enjoyed throughout much of Europe. The porcelain, having travelled across the sea to Europe, became more highly treasured than gold, and was exported to various countries, having a major influence on European art and culture.

Yukio Suzuta, Director of the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, will discuss the history of Arita porcelain. Shuko Noda, who is a garden designer, will talk about his concept and objectives in introducing this historical ceramic ware into garden designs as a member of Team SAGA, an entry in the Artisan Division of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show. Noda sees beauty and history from the past and also the eternity of Arita porcelain, and tries to incorporate these attributes into his gardens.

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Toshiba International Essay Contest, apply by 30 October 2014 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3892 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3892#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:27:44 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3892 The Toshiba International Foundation are inviting young non-Japanese researchers engaged in Japanese studies to enter an essay contest to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Application deadline is 30 October 2014. 

Toshiba International Essay Contest:

What does the world expect of Japan?

Japan must look to the past and build the future. As it continues to recover from the devastation of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, it is also preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympiad. Strong currents of change are flowing through Japan and the wider world, the country faces many questions and must make choices, some of them tough. We ask our essayists to consider today’s Japan, and to explain and share their views on three points. :

1. What does Japan need to reform, and what should it protect and preserve?

2. As a country, What kind of message should Japan be sending to the rest of the world?

3. What does the world expect of Japan?

Prizes

Grand Prize (1 person) – A 1-million yen research grant

Outstanding Performance Prize (2 people) – 500,000 yen research grants

The three prize winners listed will be invited to receiver their awards at a ceremony in Tokyo

Essay language and length

Japanese or English

3000 – 4000 Japanese characters, or 3000 – 4000 English words

Entry conditions:  Submitted essays must be unpublished.  The copyright of the winning essays will become the property of the Toshiba International Foundation.

Entry qualifications

Young researchers engaged in Japanese studies. Assistants or trainees at research institutions, art galleries, museums, etc., who are either enrolled in or who have completed a doctoral program at the time of application. Lecturers, assistants and associate professors at universities who have yet to obtain tenure. Entry is open to all non-Japanese citizens. The object of the contest is to promote Japanese studies overseas.

Applicants must attach the following when submitting their essays:

1. Resume

2. A statement of future aspirations

3. Intended use of the research grant

4. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or leader

Application deadline October 30, 2014

Method of submission send to tifo@toshiba.co.jp

Announcement of winners March 2015

Award ceremony May 2015, in Tokyo

All enquiries tifo@toshiba.co.jp

Toshiba International Foundation Essay Contest, link to website

 

 

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Toru Ishii: Delirious Metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition/toru-ishii-delirious-metropolis http://www.dajf.org.uk/exhibition/toru-ishii-delirious-metropolis#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:52:12 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=exhibition&p=3890 Based on the subject of physicality and topicality within the delirious metropolis, Toru Ishii’s first solo exhibition in the UK aims to achieve a hybrid of expression in elements such as the past and present and the digital and analogue. He challenges how traditional art can exist in this modern age, and attempts to find a new paradigm of art by employing long-established techniques. These works are in a two-part series, Salarymen and After-image.

The first of the two-part series is Salarymen, the office workers who are a common feature in our cities and characterise today’s capitalist society. The second part, After-image, is based on current events and the everyday incidents and accidents that surround us in a modern city in the era of information technology, and here Ishii recaptures images featured in the media that viewers have retained in their memory.

Ishii’s works also raise the question of the cognitive ambiguity of the visual imagery between reality and fiction in an information-saturated world, especially after the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Ishii utilises the Itome Yuzen dyeing method to depict the iconography of modern society, extending the potential of this traditional art to reflect on modern subjects. Just like the Japanese print maker, Katsushika Hokusai, who portrayed the mundane customs of everyday life in Edo era, Ishii reflects on the current events and manifestation of society today, and adds an innovative value to the traditional technique of Itome Yuzen.

 

Toru Ishii was born in Shizuoka, Japan, and received his Ph.D. in Textile Arts in 2014 from the Tokyo University of the Arts. He has exhibited extensively both in solo and group shows in and outside Japan, including Metropolitan Moment (Mizuma Action, Tokyo), Toru Ishii (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery), Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints (Japan Society Gallery, New York) and Look East! 2 (Mizuma Gallery, Singapore).  He has been awarded an Asahi Shimbun Foundation Grant, a Doctoral Program Final Exhibition Nomura Art Prize, a Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation Grant and the Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program.      

www.toruishii.com

 

The exhibition is supported by The Asahi Shimbun Foundation.

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Considered one of the pioneers of Japanese film noir, he is best known in Japan for his adaptations of mystery and detective novels, several of which were based on stories by best-selling left-leaning crime writer Seicho Matsumoto (1909-1992), who was the most popular and highest paid writer in Japan in the late 1950s.

Compellingly brought to life by Nomura, the crimes in these stories speak of a compromised society, damaged and mistrustful.

The five best examples of their collaboration are being screened at the ICA, following the screenings at this year’s Bradford International Film Festival.

These include the 1974 thriller, Castle of Sand, which is ranked as one of the greatest ever-Japanese films by domestic critics, as well as The Demon (1978), Zero Focus (1961), The Chase (aka Stakeout) (1958), and The Shadow Within (1970).”

Yoshitaro Nomura season, ICA website link

 

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BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference (Friday 25 April) – Registration Deadline extended http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3883 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3883#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:26:55 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3883 The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) and the Japan Research Centre (JRC) at SOAS announce that registration is still open for the Advanced Postgraduate Conference to be held at SOAS, London on Friday 25 April 2014.

This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present the results of their fieldwork, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers.

Date: Friday 25 April 2014,  10:00 AM to  6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Plenary Session with Professor Timon Screech, SOAS

Art, Religion and Money in the Early Trade of the English East India Company in Japan

This one day conference will comprise of parallel sessions of postgraduate academic panels followed by a plenary session with Professor Timon Screech.

Registration

£10 presenters and panel chairs

£15 observer participants

Book a place

Please note that no refunds will be given.

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4893

Website:

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Shinichi Adachi photography exhibition at Camera Cafe in Bloomsbury, 26 April http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3874 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3874#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:37:46 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3874 Shinichi Adachi’s solo photography exhibition, Calling is a collection of portrait photographs centring around the relationship between people and a classic telephone. The models were encouraged to express themselves and this allows the viewers imagine the circumstances in which the models found themselves. The exhibition will be held on Saturday 26 April at the Camera Café in Bloomsbury.

Calling
Photography exhibition by Shinichi Adachi
Saturday, 26th April 2014
12:00-19:00 at the Camera Café

Admission free

Access
Camera Café
44 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY
Tube: 5 mins walk from Holborn or Tottenham Court Road

Shinichi Adachi

Shinichi is a London-based photographer who works in both Film and Digital media.
Apart from producing portraits he is very active as a street photographer.

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Shinichi Adachi previously featured in the exhibition, Natural Flux, held at the Brick Lane Gallery Annexe in November 2013:

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Young Fukushima Musicians to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 2 April 2014 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3844 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3844#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:30:29 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3844 On Wednesday 2 April at 7:30pm, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, comprised of young musicians from schools in Fukushima, Japan will perform a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.  

These students, coming from one of the areas worst hit by the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster are in London for this unique performance to present, through music, their remarkable journey of strength and collaboration.

The programme includes the world premiere of Ronald Corp’s Commotio, commissioned for this performance.

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta are currently in rehearsals, preparing for a concert at Fukushima City Music Hall on 27 March.

The students will then travel to London for a week of activities with the Southbank Sinfonia, Orpheus Sinfonia, In Harmony and local primary schools. This activity will culminate in the performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 2/04/2014 – tickets are still available.

Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta concert details on Southbank Centre website Concert flyer

Ticket prices range from £20 – £5

Programme

Ronald Corp: Commotio (World premiere)

Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314

Edward Elgar: Salut d’amour, Op.12

Performers

Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

in collaboration with

Orpheus Sinfonia

Thomas Carroll conductor

Panos Karan piano

Zach Tarpagos flute

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to be supporting this initiative through a Daiwa Foundation Award given to the charity, Keys of Change.

Keys of Change is a charity formed by individuals of different backgrounds who deeply believe that playing music can make this world a better place. It was established in 2011 with the aim of advancing the lives of children and young people around the world through musical education and access to live classical music performances.The British concert pianist and founder of Keys of Change, Panos Karan, has been on four visits to the Fukushima area since 2011, and has worked with students in several schools, helping them develop their musical skills and performing with them in concerts. Inspired by the dedication, enthusiasm and high musical standard of the students, Keys of Change has invited them to perform at the Southbank Centre.

 

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Russia and the Power of Diplomacy: What can the International Community do? http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/russia-and-the-power-of-diplomacy-what-can-the-international-community-do http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/russia-and-the-power-of-diplomacy-what-can-the-international-community-do#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:26:31 +0000 Philip http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=events&p=3867 This is the third in our 2014 seminar series on “Power”. In the previous seminar, we discussed “soft power”, and the panel concluded that a combination of hard and soft power, namely ‘smart power’, is the most effective way to influence other states in the contemporary world. But what can a weaker state with limited hard power (military force) do to deter other states? Can the international community be effective in pressuring stronger powers like Russia to change course without resorting to hard power? How can the diplomatic efforts of the international community be made effective?

The speakers will talk about the diplomatic policies of Japan, the EU and China during the current Ukraine crisis. Professor Shinji Hyodo will discuss changes to the East Asian security environment and Japan-Russia relations.  Dr Bobo Lo will examine Russia’s intentions and China’s reactions to the recent annexation of Crimea.  Charles Grant will talk about how the EU is dealing with the issue and what will come next.

 

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‘Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami 2014′, 7 – 12 April 2014 in London http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3857 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3857#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:17:40 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3857 Project Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami is dedicated to the victims of the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake at 11th March 2011. It consists series of paintings inspired by haiku. The project’s publication, proceeds from which are donated annually to Momo – Kaki Orphans Fund, is chaired by Tadao Ando (www.momokaki.org). It is the first publication of its kind and as such it has received support and encouragement from all the living authors, whose haiku is included in the project as well as institutions and organisations.

Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami 2014
Exhibition by Carolina Khouri
7 – 12 April 2014
55 Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PN
Tube station: South Kensington
Series “Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami” 2010/11
www.haikuprelude-haikukami.com

The book also includes an introduction by Kuniharu Shimizu (haiku poet and haiga artist) and the foreword by President of the European Council Mr Herman Van Rompuy (haiku poet). Carolina Khouri hopes that the publication will serve as an evolving memorial to those that suffered as a result of the earthquake.

Exhibitions of the project in 2012 at Pop Up Gallery at Kensington and in 2013 at POSK Gallery have marked an anniversary and commemorate the victims of the Great East Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.

Featured haiku poets:

Bashõ, Buson, Darek Brzóska Brzózkiewicz, David Cobb, Juan delGado, Caroline Gourlay, James William Hackett, Gary Hotham, Teiko Inahata, Issa, Jack Kerouac, Ezra Pound, Herman Van Rompuy, Ryõkan, Ryõta, Kuniharu Shimizu, Takaya Soshu, Takaha Shugyo, Alison Williams, Richard Wright, Goto Yahan.

Artist Statement

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but the inward significance.” – Aristotle

My project ‘Haiku Prelude’ is inspired by traditional and contemporary Japanese and western haiku. The project aims to portray each haiku poem and embody its visual energy.

The project follow the idea described by the poet Ezra Pound in the note about the moment, which he later materialised into one of his famous haiku ‘Metro’. He said: ‘That evening, in the Rue Raynouard, I realised quite vividly that if I were a painter, or if I had, often, that kind of emotion, or even if I had the energy to get paints and brushes and keep at it, I might found a new school of painting, of “non-representative” painting, a painting that would speak only by arrangements in colour.’ His initial enthusiasm led up to the poets’ movement called ‘Imagism’.

The technique of the project is adapted from the painter Jaroslaw Kobylkiewicz who is responsible for originating this particular style.

Each image of the project aims to catch the whole perfect moment of haiku. What is happening in between the individual and the world at that moment is distilled down. Free of any intellectual analysis this intuitive approach makes a statement about actual feelings.

As the writer chooses the words to compose the verse I choose the colours to flow together and transform them into the visual yet melodic composition. The complex of individual elements of the phenomena of the image is built on the other details to create a simple yet inseparable form.

Freshness and clarity of haiku is radiant although it has grown through many layers of thoughts. It is a process of simplifying to an absolute point and from this point my ‘Haiku Prelude’ project starts.

Carolina Khouri, Artist and Project Leader:

She is Polish – Lebanese artist, who lives in London, where she graduated as an interior designer from The University of the Arts London. In her art practice she aims at finding an expression and manner that her art can appear in its individual recognition and to define her own singular identity as an artist.

Carolina Khouri is a director of Haringey Arts. She is an artist of  the ASC.

In 2011 she joined an artists group ‘Page 6’ and in 2013 ‘The Magma Group’.

carolina@carolinakhouri.com  | www.carolinakhouri.com  | mob.0044 0 780 9745 565 | London N15

Haiku Prelude Haiku Kami Press Release

 

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‘Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist’ at Tate Liverpool until 11 May 2014 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3852 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3852#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:09:21 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3852 Discover the work of contemporary American artist Richard Hawkins in Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist, his first museum exhibition in the UK. The exhibition at Tate Liverpool brings together new works by the artist, exploring the ways in which classic Western figurative painting can be interpreted or ‘twisted’ to create ideas far beyond the established ideas of art history. 

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to be supporting educational activities related to this exhibition. 

“Since emerging in the early 1990s, Hawkins has developed a complex practice based on the critical juxtaposition of images and ideas. The exhibition presents major mid-century works by figures including Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet and Willem de Kooning, revealing their unlikely effect on the work of iconic Japanese artist Tatsumi Hijikata (1928–1986). New works by Richard Hawkins continue this journey, proposing further connections between art-forms while revealing the influence of Hijikata’s work on Hawkins’ own art.

Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist showcases a number of reproductions of Hijikata’s annotated scrapbooks. Their montage of Western art imagery reveal the surprising effect of Western abstract painting on his conception of butoh, a surreal mode of performance developed during the 1960s, typically involving playful and grotesque imagery and performed by individuals in white body make-up. As well as challenging the usual account of butoh being formed as a direct response to Japan’s post-World War Two trauma, the exhibition reveals the migratory influence of Western painting on butoh, and on the work of Hawkins himself as a contemporary artist.”

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Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda to take part in Field Studies 2014 at the John Cass Faculty of Art this April http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3845 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3845#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:06:28 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3845 This spring’s FIELD STUDIES 2014 Spring Worskhops at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University) include masterclasses with sound artist, AKIO SUZUKI and electronic musician, composer and visual artist, AKI ONDA

Tickets are still available, but applications need to be submitted by 1 April 2014.   

Monday 14 to Thursday 17 April 2014
(Venue: The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
London Metropolitan University
Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF)

Field Studies 2014 Website

A legendary Japanese sound artist, Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for nearly 40 years. His music is simple and pure, exploring how natural atmospheres and sounds can be harnessed and then set free. To experience his art is to lose oneself in the sound that surrounds us.

Akio performs on a range of unique self-made instruments including Analapos – an instrument he invented in the 1970s that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders, De Koolmees – consisting of hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame, and an ancient stone flute (Iwabue) passed down through his family for many generations. Akio has collaborated with artists such as Toru Takemitsu, Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy and John Butcher.

Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of more than two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman.

Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His on-going collaborations include “Nervous Magic Lantern” with Ken Jacobs, improv trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, site-specific happening with Akio Suzuki, and audio-visual installation/performance with Raha Raissnia.

APPLICATION

The fee for Field Studies is £350 for professionals and £290 for students. Scholarships are available. The course is limited to a maximum of 40 participants. To apply, please send a short statement to Joseph Kohlmaier j.kohlmaier@musarc.org. The application deadline is 1 April 2014.

Studio materials, recording equipment and lunch will be provided. You need to arrange your own travel to and from the faculty, and accommodation if you live outsideLondon.

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Two special Japanese music events at SOAS, University of London on Sat & Sun, 22 and 23 March 2014 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3841 http://www.dajf.org.uk/news/3841#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:35:21 +0000 Susan http://www.dajf.org.uk/?post_type=news&p=3841 Two special Japanese music events at SOAS, University of London on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 March 2014:

A) Taiko Meantime with Kodo’s Chieko Kojima and Clive Bell

Saturday 22 March, 8-9.30pm

• SOAS main building, Djam Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

• Admission £10, concessions £8, SOAS students (with ID) £5. Tickets in advance at http://taikomeantime.rhythmworks.com/22nd_march_2014_chieko.html; or at the door if seats remain.

A one-off special chance to see Greenwich-based Taiko Meantime perform with the legendary Chieko Kojima of the world’s leading taiko group Kodo, in an intimate evening of Japanese music, dance and drumming. The shakuhachi master Clive Bell will join as well. Further information about the performers can be accessed via www.taikomeantime.com.

B) Japanese Buddhist chant workshop with Junko Ueda

Sunday 23 March, 2-5pm

• SOAS main building (Room L67), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

• Participation £20, concessions £15 (unemployed & students); advance payment required via SOAS Online Store (http://store.soas.ac.uk/, search for “buddhist chant” – this may not be available until Thursday 13 March).

NOTE: Only 20 places available, but if there are none left via SOAS Online Store, feel free to email David Hughes (dh6@soas.ac.uk) in case one becomes available.

A truly unique event: The wonderful Junko Ueda leads a participatory workshop on shōmyō, Japanese Buddhist vocal music. No experience necessary.

The workshop will last for 3 hours, with various breaks. Basic content:

• Warming up: breath and body exercises, aiming to increase consciousness of your breathing and of a low gravity point called ‘hara’ in Japanese.

• Introduction to shomyo: first learn some shomyo melodic patterns and later sing some variations with chorus. (So-called ‘Buddhist chant’ includes highly melodic songs as well.)

• Practise singing a specific piece: the traditional sutra ‘Sange’.

For a taste of this music and photos from previous workshops, see www.shomyo.com.

Junko Ueda (further information at www.junkoueda.com) was raised in Japan but has been based in Europe since 1988. She studied satsuma-biwa lute-accompanied narrative music with great masters and has released two prize-winning CDs of traditional pieces, as well as often performing contemporary compositions by Takemitsu and others. She also studied shomyo with renowned Tendai master Kōshin Ebihara. She has held dozens of concerts and workshops in over ten countries. She has a magical way of conveying the wonder and delight of these music traditions.

 

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