Evening #6 - Gōzō Yoshimasu and Kukangendai, Embroidery of fire, performance-concert

Live events and performancesEvening #6 - Gōzō Yoshimasu and Kukangendai, Embroidery of fire, performance-concert

Friday, 8 December 2017 at 8pm

Locations : Studio
Category : Live events and performances
Discipline : Music
Public price : 15 € / 10 €
Public : All ages
Duration : Performance: 45 minutes. 15-minute interval followed by a concert by Kukangendai: 30 minutes
Author : Gōzō Yoshimasu et Kukangendai (création)

A few words on Embroidery of fire
Following an initial collaboration during his retrospective exhibition at Tokyo's MOMAT in 2016, Yoshimasu Gozo enlisted the help of the Kukangendai group to produce a new version of his recent "Embroidery of fire" project. At the invitation of the musician Yoshihide Otomo, the work was presented at Sapporo's SIAF festival in August 2017. This project was initially conceived as an exhibition of one of the poet's most intense works, "Ishikari Sheets", a long poem written from 1994. The exhibition comprised installations, drawings by hand arranged across the space, various objects, and video performances created that summer by the Ishikari river. With these elements and based on the same principles, he invited Kukangendai as well as the director and video artist, Yoi Suzuki, to create a poetico-musical performance piece for "Embroidery of fire". Together they are presenting a new version at the Centre Pompidou-Metz and on tour in Europe.
A work by Yoshimasu Gozo and Kukangendai

Production: Yoshimasu Gozo and Kukangendai
In collaboration with / Sound: Ki Moon Song / Images: Yoi Suzuki

Yoshimasu Gozo and Kukangendai met during the poet's retrospective "The Voice Between: The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo" at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) in June 2016, based on an idea by Kenjiro Hosaka, curator.
With the support of the Japan Foundation
With thanks to Kenjiro Hosaka, Tomoko Yabumae and Anne-Sophie Lenoir

Yoshimasu Gozo
Poet and film maker, Yoshimasu Gozo, is considered to be one of the most important contemporary Japanese poets and is famous throughout the world. Whilst also a calligrapher and photographer, he has set himself free from the traditional distinctions between poetic genres, combining poems and images, objects and videos, reviving the art of declamation through the power of his public readings, where all the resources of the voice and the breathing come into play. Yoshimasu's poetry can be explored as a web of interconnected images, objects and words that reflect the opposing feelings of nostalgia and distance, heightened by improvised music. He regularly works with artists and free jazz and improvisation musicians, such as Yoshihide Otomo. He published his first collection of poetry in 1964 and received numerous awards in Japan and abroad. His latest opus Kaibutsu-kun (Dear Monster), published in 2016, is a long poem written from 2012 to 2016 in the aftermath of the Tsunami.

Since their creation in 2006, the Kukengandai group has consisted of three performers. They create their music through a process of editing, repetition and deliberate error.
Their music produces a sense of distortion and places a burden on the musicians, resulting in typically stoic and comical concerts. In recent years, the group has tried to design and establish a form of concert in which they play several songs at the same time, transforming them into one and the same rhythmic flow.


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