Akio Suzuki (Kyotango,
Japan) - handmade instruments, found objects
Aki Onda (New York, New york)
- tapes, electronics, radio, found objects
Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda perform with self-made
instruments, analogue tape machines and radios, wood pieces, nails and
hammer, buckets, marbles, glass jars and found objects, by responding
to the architecture, acoustics and energy of specific performance
sites. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the
NYC-based Onda and the Kyotango-based Suzuki share an 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 locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts
of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Each performance
begins with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the
audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the
Akio Suzuki has been performing, building
instruments, and presenting sound installations for over five decades.
Known as a pioneer sound artist, it has been suggested that a more
accurate description of him would be “quester after sound and space”.
Suzuki's journey as an artist began in 1963 with a performance at
Nagoya station, in which he threw a bucket full of junk down a
staircase. This performance took the desire to listen as its subject.
That desire has remained the constant in Suzuki's stance as an artist
ever since. During the sixties, Suzuki's sense of playfulness led him
to undertake a series of “Self-Study Events”, where he explored the
processes of "throwing" and "following", taking the natural world as
his collaborator. The experiences he gained in these events led him to
invent unique self-made instruments, including Analapos - an instrument
that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord
stretched between two metal cylinders, and De Koolmess - consisting of
hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame. He also performs on Iwabue,
an ancient stone flute passed down through his family for many
generations. From the late seventies through the eighties, Suzuki
developed a form of performance he refers to as “Conceptual Soundwork”.
Applying a number of self-imposed, simple and austere rules, he uses
objects close at hand in a mode of “intellectual play". Akio Suzuki has
collaborated with artists such as Toru Takemitsu, Takehisa Kosugi,
Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy and John Butcher.
Aki Onda is
an electronic musician, composer and visual artist. Onda was born in
Japan and resides in New York. 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 musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman.
Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also
physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his
performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary
fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His ongoing
collaborations include “Nervous Magic Lantern” with Ken Jacobs, an
improvisational trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, site-specific
happenings with Akio Suzuki and audio-visual installations/performances
with Raha Raissnia.
Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda "ke i te ki"
American Tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room. The project is
supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Japan Foundation NY and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Akio Suzuki (Kyotango,