Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda: ke i te ki US Tour

ISSUE Project Room is pleased to present "ke i te ki", a seven-city US tour by Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda, September 10th - October 2, 2015.

Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda (b. 1967) and the Kyotango-based Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album “ma ta ta bi” on ORAL_records in 2014.


Thu, Sep 10
Nonsequitur at Good Shepherd Center Chapel, Seattle

Mon, Sep 14
Time-Based Art Festival at Disjecta, Portland

Wed, Sep 16
The LAB, San Francisco

Fri, Sep 18
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso (workshop)

Sat, Sep 19
Nameless Sound & The Cornudas Mountain Foundation
at The Hill of James Magee, Cornudas

Tue, Sep 22
Nameless Sound at TBA, Houston (workshop)

Wed, Sep 23
Nameless Sound at MECA, Houston

Thu, Oct 1 & Fri, Oct 2
ISSUE Project Room at The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York

Since the 1960s, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki has been investigating the acoustic quality of selected locations and creating corresponding topographies. His intensive involvement with the phenomena of pulse and echo led him to develop his own instruments in the 1970s. One of these is the spiral echo instrument Analapos. It consists of a coil spring and two iron cylinders that function as resonating chambers, and is played with the voice or by hand. Starting from the 90s, his soundwalk project, oto-date, which means, respectively, "sound" and "point" in Japanese, finds listening points in the city, and playfully invites the audience to stop and listen carefully at given points on the map. Suzuki has been also active in the improvised music scenes in different continents, and has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, David Toop, and John Butcher. He last appeared at ISSUE in 2013 as part of the Voices and Echoes tour, organized by Aki Onda.

Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. 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 main instrument is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with other electronic devices 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, an improvisational trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, and audio-visual installation/performance with Raha Raissnia. Onda was an ISSUE Project Room Artist-In-Residence in 2012.

Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki by Goran Vejvoda.

Posted Aug 2015

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda "ke i te ki" American Tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room. Made possible, in part, with support from the Asian Cultural Council.

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