[Microsound-announce] Concert: Jac Berrocal, Aki Onda, Dan Warburton / Atsuhiro Ito / DoraVideo
robert van heumen
robert at steim.nl
Mon Jun 18 09:26:18 EDT 2007
Jac Berrocal (FR) / Aki Onda (US/JP) / Dan Warburton (UK) trio
Atsuhiro Ito (JP)
Date: Thursday, June 21
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros
Reservations and more information: knock at steim.nl or 020-6228690
The fascination with Japan and its music is often puzzling to the Japanese
artists themselves, and common characterizations such as "extreme, subtle,
poetic, minimal, loud, Zen, eclectic, pop, cute" are rarely intended.
Despite what it may seem from the outside - most Japanese musicians will
tell you that Japan is not an underground music utopia, if anything, it is
the complete opposite. Consumerism is the nation's driving force, pushing
non-commercially minded artists to the fringes of society. These artists
often need international recognition before receiving domestic acceptance,
making the utopian perception even more ironic. What is fascinating,
however, is that a country with so little governmental and social support
for the arts has managed to produce a steady stream of interesting artists
over the years.
For the next STEIM concert we are very happy to present some of the best and
most respected musicians from the Japanese music scene. A Japanese musician
playing cassette tapes with an anarchist French trumpeter and a free
jazz British violinist, a Japanese musician who plays a very loud,
flickering, florescent light, and a Japanese musician who controls videos of
a samurai dancing to samba with his drums - this may not be your usual
musical experience, but the intentions are quite simple: to perform good
Here are some links to videos of their performances.
Jac Berrocal/Aki Onda/Dan Warburton
Atsuhiro Ito http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pEKORM-sbc
Doravideo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asEdEDV--Tk and http://www.youtube.
- Takuro Mizuta Lippit
Jac Berrocal/Aki Onda/Dan Warburton trio
Merely describing Jac Berrocal as a "trumpeter" does justice neither to the
adopted Burgundian's legendary live performances with Michel Potage, Roger
Ferlet and cult groups such as Catalogue (with Gilbert Artman and
Jean-François Pauvros) nor his mythic albums Musiq Musik and Parallèles and
his recorded work with the likes of Steven "Nurse With Wound" Stapleton and
James Chance. Berrocal is quite simply one of the most exciting and
charismatic performers of his generation, as anyone who caught his
bloodcurdling performance with Aki Onda in Paris in 2003 will testify.
Since he established himself as a spectacularly original producer in Audio
Sports with Eye Yamatsuka and Nobukazu Takemura, Nara-born Aki Onda has
released a string of exquisite solo albums featuring contributions from
musicians as diverse as Blixa Bargeld and Linda Sharrock, culminating in
2003's Cassette Memories series and the highly acclaimed albums Ancient &
Modern and Bon Voyage! on which Onda performs with multiple cassette
recorders and electronics, using sounds he has field-recorded himself as a
In addition to editing the cult internet magazine Paris Transatlantic
and writing for The Wire, Paris-based British violinist, pianist and
Dan Warburton has played and recorded free jazz with Arthur Doyle,
ultra minimal improv with Radu Malfatti and psychedelic musique concrète
with Reynols, in addition to releases on labels as diverse as Tzadik, Wergo
and Durtro and numerous other collaborations with the likes of Jean-Luc
Guionnet, Edward Perraud, Ralf Wehowsky, Tu m', Jac Berrocal and Aki Onda.
In November 2005 the Berrocal/Onda/Warburton trio toured France, Sweden and
Switzerland, performing six shows to great public acclaim in Tours, Paris,
Stockholm, Norrköping, Geneva and Nice.
Atsuhiro Ito launched his career as a visual artist in the late 1980s,
and in 1998 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions,
most notably using a musical device of his own invention, the Optron. A
fluorescent light tube stuffed with small microphones, when played like a
guitar and plugged into an amplifier, the optron generates both epileptic
noises and flickering lights to create a truly audio-visual experience. He
continues to refine the instrument while approaching sound and music from a
contemporary-art-based perspective. In addition to his solo exhibition and
performance projects, Ito is active in a number of musical units. Between
2000 - 2005, Ito presented various sound (music)/visual image-related events
at Off Site, the now-defunct gallery/free space in Yoyogi, Tokyo.
DoraVideo is the brain child of Yoshimitsu Ichiraku (drums and computer),
who appeared in the 2005 summer grand bazaar commercial for the department
store Laforet Harajuku, won an honorary mention in the Digital Music
division of Europe's largest media art festival, ARS Electronica, and has
been active as the drummer in the band Yamaguchi, which has stirred up quite
a storm of prizes and awards world wide. He has created a very exciting and
fun group which involves a drum and computer controlled system. He placed
impact sensors all over the drum set, creating a huge video deck, and
allowing him to using the drum set to control the video image. As a drummer,
he not only creates first class works, but also has a highly developed sense
of nonsensical fun and entertainment. Ichiraku and Ito have already toured
France and Korea to great acclaim, and this year plan to tour Europe,
England, and America. The DVD released in July of this year, 'DoraVideo
Volume 1', managed to violate every imaginable law, committing copyright
infringement, slander, indecent exposure, has been awarded a spot in the
Guinness Book of World Records for offensiveness, and went out of print
just before release.
This concert series is partly funded by Gemeente Amsterdam.
More information on concerts: http://www.steim.org/steim/activity.php
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