STEIM@40! presents: The Voice – Tomomi Adachi, Jaap Blonk, Stephanie Pan
Tomomi Adachi holds an unique place in the the contemporary Japanese music scene. Without being associated with any particular group or scene, his activities span from giving ecstatic improvised concerts on self-made instruments to curating events, selling hand-made synths, being a sound poet, composing for choirs and collaborating with dancers and comedians. I have seen him perform with a sensor-shirt + computer and vegetables on the same night. We are very happy to have him back at STEIM to play at an all voice performer evening with Jaap Blonk and Stephanie Pan. Hope you can join us!
Stephanie Pan - Our Lady of Late for voice and wine glass
Tomomi Adachi – Voice and electronics solo
Jaap Blonk - Voice and electronics solo
Tomomi Adachi & Jaap Blonk duo
Date: Tuesday September 22, 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Adachi Tomomi (JP)
ADACHI Tomomi, born in Kanazawa, Japan in 1972, is performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, occasional theater director. He studied philosophy and aesthetics at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has played improvised music with voice, live electronics and self-made instruments. He had composed works for his own group “Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus” which is a punk-style choir. He has performed contemporary music: vocal and performance works by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Dieter Schnebel, Yuji Takahashi and Fluxus including world premier and Japan premier. He is the only performer of sound poetry in Japan and has performed Kurt Schwitters’s “Ursonate” for the first time in Japan. He has made several sound installations and original instruments (e.g.”Tomomin”, his hand made electric instrument is familiar with many musicians). In the field of theater music, he has collaborated with some experimental theaters and dancers, especially he worked in duo group “VACA” with Un Yamada; contemporary dancer, from 2000. “VACA” was exploring new relationship between dance/dancer and music/musician. He also has organized many concerts which picks up experimental music, sound art, collaboration work and inter-disciplinary performance in Japan and Germany, include concerts for Chris Mann, Trevor Wishart, Nicolas Collins and STEIM in Japan. He has performed with numerous musicians including Jaap Blonk, Nicolas Collins, Carl Stone, SAKATA Akira, Erhart hirt, Butch Morris, Jon Rose, OTOMO Yoshihide in Japan, United States and Europe. He has presented his works in many kinds venues include IRCAM/Centre Pompidou, Waker Art Center and STEIM. As a critic, he has written some articles of visual art, music and performance art on papers and magazines. He had participated in the art theory bulletin “Method” 2000-2001. He started visual art (computer aided photograph, video and installation) in 2003. He directed Japanese premiere of John Cage’s “Europera5″ in 2007. Recently, he is focusing his activities on solo performance (with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments), sound poetry (especially to the unknown great Japanese sound poetry tradition), video installation and workshop style big ensemble with non-professional voice and instruments.
Jaap Blonk (NL)
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.
He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later 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 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. 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.
As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
Blonk’s work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.
He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 15 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta and VICTO.
Stephanie Pan (US/NL)
Stephanie Pan is a singer and performance artist currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands. She performs in experimental music, new music, experimental theater, and early music, specializing in extended vocal techniques and live improvisation. At the root of her work is the notion of pure communication; finding a form of contact with the audience which is stripped of social expectations and distractions, that speaks beyond the conventional and social limitations and constructs of language.
As a soloist she has performed in the US and in Europe, premiering works by composers including John Thow, Martijn Padding, Trevor Weston, Barbara Ellison and Jasna Velickovic. In theater, she performs with groups such as de Veenfabriek and the Belarus Free Theatre. She is one-third of Computer Aided Breathing, a trio for voice, organ and live electronics devoted to live improvisation, which she co-founded in 2006. The group released its first CD, Fukuoka Method, in 2007 on SevenInchRecordings. As a Medievalist, she has recorded with Sequentia, and is a founding member of Scivias Chor and Ars Choralis Coeln.
Ms. Pan holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics, and a First Phase Diploma, with distinction, in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, where she studied with Lenie van den Heuvel, Jill Feldman, and Barbara Pearson. She is currently a participant in the post-graduate experimental theater program DasArts.
Our Lady of Late is a study on the use of the voice as a pure and primitive expressive instrument, stripped of the layers and conventions established by culture and society that mask our attempts to communicate.
The performance incorporates both improvisations inspired by and excerpts from the 16-movement piece by Meredith Monk of the same name, written in 1972.
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