Wednesday 16 November 2016, 8pm
Composer, instrument builder and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada and his son composer Tashi Wada present an evening-length performance using a loose structure and a mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments that includes sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes and reed organ. In Yoshi Wada’s own words: “I search for deep and ringing sound that travels deep into my cells. Where does this sound exist?”
Yoshi Wada is a composer and artist associated with the downtown New York experimental art scene of the last fifty years. Wada was born in 1943 in Kyoto, Japan. He studied sculpture at the Kyoto University of Fine Arts, and then moved to New York in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, Wada began building homemade musical instruments and writing compositions for them based on his personal research in timbre, resonance, and improvisation with the overtone series. He studied music composition with La Monte Young, North Indian singing with Pandit Pran Nath, and Scottish bagpipe with James McIntosh and Nancy Crutcher. Wada's recorded works are published by Japanese record labels EM Records and Edition Omega Point.
Tashi Wada is a Los Angeles-based composer and performer whose works explore harmonic overtones, resonance, and dissonance through precise tuning and gradual change in pitch. Grounded in a belief that “music should be as direct as possible,” his compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. Working in relation to American experimental music, microtonal music, and so-called drone music, Wada’s practice is also informed by interdisciplinary performance and Fluxus-afﬁliated artists. He studied composition at CalArts with James Tenney, and has presented his work throughout the United States and Europe often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Julia Holter, and his father, composer Yoshi Wada. Wada’s music has been released by Yik Yak, De Stijl Records, and via his own imprint Saltern, which he runs from Los Angeles. His most recent album "Nue," is due out this fall on Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl.