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Nameless Sound presents:
Voices and Echoes

Voices and Echoes 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8pm
14 Pews, 800 Aurora Street, Houston [map]

Akio Suzuki (Tango, Japan): handmade instruments
Gozo Yoshimasu (Tokyo, Japan): voice, video projections
Otomo Yoshihide (Tokyo, Japan): guitar, turntables

$13 general admission | $10 with student i.d. | 18 and under, free!

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Curated by sound artist Aki Onda, "Voices and Echoes" presents a rare opportunity to encounter three pioneering figures from Japan's overlapping worlds of music, performance art, visual art, video projection, poetry, and elctro-acoustic improvisation.

Akio Suzuki (b. Pyongyang, 1941) is a shamanic presence known for performing his sound art with natural materials, often in remote locations. Since his first sound piece, when he threw a pail of junk down a subway staircase in Nagoya in 1963, he's performed hundreds of Fluxus-like 'actions,' including exploring the acoustics of a railway bridge with handclaps, improvising with stones while seated on the stage of a London jazz club, and blowing the Japanese national anthem through a cockleshell on an island 90 minutes from the northernmost tip of Scotland. His own handcrafted instruments include the Analopos, an echo chamber featuring two mirrors facing one another, reflecting into infinity, and a glass harmonica whose fragile tubes are rubbed with wet fingers or played gamelan-style with mallets. Other performances feature the iwabue -- ancient, naturally sculpted stone flutes handed down through generations of the Suzuki family. It's impossible to say what Suzuki's performance in Houston will be like, but doubtless perceptions of sound will shift during his forty-minute set.

Gozo Yoshimasu (b. Tokyo, 1939) says of his approach to writing poetry, "What I try to do is crack open the conventional composition of the language to reveal the innate imperfections underneath the exterior of elegance. In setting out to create flawed pieces, I try to establish an alternative ideal of poetry, by which such pieces find acceptance." Though a widely-published and prize-winning poet and academician, Yoshimasu is prone to give away limited editions of his colorfully calligraphed poems at readings and screenings of his gozoCine, short videos using leaves, wells, and swimming pools as their subject matter.

Yoshimasu will read with the sonic accompaniment of Otomo Yoshihide (b. Yokohama, 1959), a guitarist, turntablist, and electronician who's achieved international fame through his work with such diverse projects as Ground Zero, Filament, and the Otomo Yoshihide New Jazz Ensemble. He is considered to be a groundbreaking figure in the fields of onkyo and electro-acoustic improvisation, and an early proponent of sampling technology who has developed his skill with the turntable (both with and without records beneath the needle) into a singular talent for orchestration. Recently he has organized Festival FUKUSHIMA! and delivered lectures about his involvement with the people there to bring aid and attention to the victims of the most catastrophic nuclear accident in modern times.

The "Voices and Echoes" North American Tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room and Aki Onda. The project is supported by the Japan Foundation through Performing Arts JAPAN Program and the Asian Cultural Council.

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