STEIM Events | STEIM Events Archive 2011
15 August 2011 | 20:30 hrs (Door open 20:00) | Concert | 5 euros
“Not No More Fukushima nor Stand Up Fukushima, but just Fukushima!, free of any adjectives. We want to start by looking at Fukushima in its current state, unvarnished by any words.” Project Fukushima! Executive Committee: Michiro Endo, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryoichi Wago
Fukushima, once a quiet rural area in North-East Japan is now world-infamous as the site of possibly the worst human-caused disasters in history. The radioactive pollution continues to this day to spread in our air, water, soil and food. This has forcibly removed around 97,000 people (and counting) from the area, displacing them from their homes to start new lives from scratch.
However, the displacement is not just geographical, but also political and psychological. Fukushima, as a region with it’s own history and culture, is blindly being ostracized from Japan’s economic activities and being kept off the radar from the general public. Project Fukushima! is an initiative to keep Fukushima alive and connected. This tragic event must be remembered for and used as a stepping point towards a better future.
We are organizing FUKUSHIMA! Amsterdam because we feel a connection to the people in Japan who have to improvise their way through an uncertain situation. Old structures are crumbling and people are forced to find new ways to survive. To a lesser degree, this is what we are currently witnessing in the Netherlands as well.
For this event, we have asked four Japanese artists living in the Netherlands to present new collaborative projects. Although every artist is participating on their own good will, this is not a charity event, but rather an attempt to find a new and sustainable way to organize concerts and performances.
As dancer Makiko Ito reflects on her own practice as “lessons on listening and feeling” we do think it is a good time to actively listen – not to the loudest voices that tell us what to do, but to all the quiet and diverse ones that will help us navigate through these dark times.
FUKUSHIMA! events will happen simultaneously around the world on August 15. The underlying theme between the events and projects is “The future is in our hands.”
Jaap Blonk (voice) + dj sniff (turntable) + Raoul van der Weide (bass)
TOPO: Vincenzo Onnembo (visuals) & Yuko Uesu (harp)
Date: Monday, August 15
"A lesson of listening" by Makiko Ito and Michael Moore ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Makiko Ito is a freelance dancer and choreographer, who has been performing and teaching in Japan, and abroad (Netherlands, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Thailand). Since Oct 2005 she is based in Amsterdam, working with Magpie Music Dance Company and various musicians and dancers. She is also project leader of Wonderland, an improvisation performance project for/with children.
Petit Croissant - Yota Morimoto, Marie Guilleray, Akane Takada ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Yota Morimoto (electronics) is a Japanese composer born in São Paulo, Brazil, currently undertaking a doctorate research at the University of Birmingham, UK. His works explore unconventional approaches to generating and transmitting sound, implementing models of noise, turbulence and abstract machines. His works have been presented in festivals and conferences such as TodaysArt, Transmediale, ISEA and many others.
Jaap Blonk + dj sniff + Raoul van der Weide ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
A first meeting as a trio between sound poet / voice extraordinaire Jaap Blonk, turntablist dj sniff and versatile bassist Raoul van der Weide. Over the years, the 3 musicians have each established an unique instrumental practice and come together for this occasion to explore new dialogues
within an improvisational context.
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. In the 1970s after playing the saxophone and composing music, he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 he started to work with electronics. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
Raoul van der Weide (born 1949 in Fontenailles, France) studied classical bass with John Clayton, Norma Brooks and Guus Janssen, but also developed a personal style in improvisation inspired by the views of diverse musicians such as Paul Termos, Guus Janssen, Misha Mengelberg, Jimmy Giuffre, Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman, Derek Bailey, Charles Mingus and Munir Bashir. As an improviser, his creative focus on the development of an open and personal aesthetic in the broadest sense. The constant deepening of the "musical fingerprint" - a personal sound, intonation and expressiveness, is considered most crucial in his practice.
TOPO was founded in 2010 by Vincenzo Onnembo (IT) and Yuko Uesu (JP), as a synthetic audio-vidual band. Vincenzo is a graphic designer/ film maker, innovating on the existing VJ flair, with digital and analogue lens-based tools. Yuko is a harpist with a movie camera, and has performed as an improvisor / experimental musician in Tokyo, Beijing, and Rotterdam since 2005. Whether in Chamber music, improvisatory, experimental or post-electronica pop, her work explores the faculty of perception through various creative processes.
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