Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"without records"

It sounds like some urban creatures inhabiting at a piece of property in midtown manhattan.

Musician/ composer/ producer Otomo Yoshihide's computer-operated installation - a series of empty turntables set up to produce a variety of sounds - was created as an homage to Christian Marclay's album Record Without a Cover (1985).  Presented in conjunction with the Turntable Duo concert on November 19, 2011 at Japan Society, of New York City.

Sound composed by Otomo Yoshihide
Visual composition by Aoyama Yasutomo
System design & Programing by Ito Takayuki

without records members: Hirabayashi Makoto, Hasegawa Akiyo, Tsubasa Kamei, Ayumi Sakamoto, Soichiro Migita, Futoshi Miyai

Installation made possible through the cooperation of Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), with technical support by YCAM interlab.

Turntable Duo: Otomo Yoshihide + Christian Marclay

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AT Japan Society

OTOMO'S INSTALLATION "without records": NOVEMBER 17-20, 2011

Two experimental music giants, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay, perform together in New York for the first time in over a decade. Marclay, one of the world's leading artists and winner of the 54th Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award, pushed the boundaries of musical creation when he pioneered the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Otomo, electroacoustic improvisation musician and free jazz guitarist, earned an international reputation as a central figure in Japan's avant-garde music scene. Together, these unconventional "turntablists" will again push to the extreme what is possible with turntables and records.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Alexandre Wimmer, a musician, New York, 2011

Alex, a French man who resides in Paris, visits New York city almost every fall for his musical gigs.  He is a seasonal resident of NYC.

Monday, October 24, 2011

J-Music Ride: Cibo Matto & Yu Sakai at Japan Society

Yu Sakai, above, straight from Tokyo. To view the rest of photos, visit my flickr slideshow, or thumbnails.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
8 PM

The funky, whimsically irreverent Japanese expats Miho Hatori (vocals, drum pad) and Yuka Honda (keyboard, sampler) return to Japan Society’s stage this time asCibo Matto ! Since officially reuniting earlier this year, these NY downtown darlings are back and better than ever, with their charming lyrics often referencing food and a dizzying array of sounds influenced by everything from hip-hop, jazz and rock to African and Brazilian beats. Straight from Tokyo, this evening also features the international debut of the silky-voiced keyboardist/singer-songwriter Yu Sakai (Visit Yu Sakai's facebook page ). With R&B beats and jazz-fused j-pop melodies, Sakai’s music is an inventive blend of self-mixed instrumentation and multi-layered vocals. Sakai became an overnight sensation in Japan, breaking radio charts after releasing his first single in 2009 and winning iTunes’ 2010 Best J-Pop Album of the year award with his debut album. Downtown New York collides with modish Shibuya in this one-night-only J-music mash-up.

Cash bar opens at 7 pm.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A dancer in red

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A photo session with Mayuna Shimizu, a New York based dancer and choreographer.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ailey Camp: Talent Show

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AileyCamp, the innovative full-scholarship summer day camp, created by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater launched in Newark, New Jersey for the first time this summer.  The camp gives 100 of the city’s 11- to 14-year-olds the chance to use dance to spark their creativity, build self-esteem and prepare for life.

More than 200 students applied for the 100 slots in the Newark program, which is free and presented in collaboration with Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The campers were chosen for their enthusiasm and interest, not their dancing abilities.

The picture above is from a talent show, which is a preparation for their upcoming graduation showcase in August 10th at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

Friday, May 6, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011


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A Woman Leaving, is a short film by Ron Patane, the collaboration with a ballet dancer, Rei Ichikawa
and New York based choreagrapher Mayuna Shimizu.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

14th Annual Contemporary Dance Showcase, Japan + East Asia

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Japan Society’s annual Contemporary Dance Showcase is one of the most anticipated dance programs in New York, showcasing some of the very best dance from East Asia.

The lineup includes Tokyo choreographer Ryohei Kondo, founder of the popular all-male dance group Condors, Award-winning dancer and choreographer, and Maki Morishita, Seoul’s Ahn Ae-soon Dance Company performing Bul-ssang, a satiric take on Buddhist rituals fusing several forms of Asian traditional dance – including Indian kathak, Korean Jindo drum dancing and Chinese martial arts – with pop and street styles.

The event takes place on Friday, January 7th, and Saturday, January 8th, at 7:30pm at Japan Society, located at 333 E. 47th St.