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andrewcsmith on 09/13/2011 at 12:00PM

Minor Musics: Japan – Not quite silence

Annette Krebs & Taku Unami / Photo by Yuko Zama

On September 16 & 17, ISSUE Project Room will present the series Minor Musics: Japan, highlighting a number of musicians associated with two geographically divergent but aesthetically related groups: Onkyo, in Tokyo, and Wandelweister, based primarily in continental Europe. Both of these groups are intensely invested in silence as a compositional and improvisational element, and the two-night event at ISSUE places them in solo and collaborative settings. The performers will include Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Moe Kamura, as well as Annette Krebs and Radu Malfatti.

The selection below is from the Annette Krebs and Taku Unami duo album motubachii, recently released on Erstwhile Records. In this album, seemingly musical sounds are juxtaposed with ambient noises, like sounds from a TV or radio playing in the background, or feet shuffling. It's ambient music by another means: rather than making making musical elements into furniture, the piece invites the listener to listen closely to the furniture of the everyday sonic world, placing it alongside manufactured and manipulated acoustic and electroacoustic sounds. 

The duo will perform this Friday night (more info | Buy Tickets), along with a duo performance by Radu Malfatti/Taku Sugimoto and a solo performance by Takahiro Kawaguchi. Both artists will also perform Saturday (more info | Buy Tickets) in various other duos (Taku Unami & Takahiro Kawaguchi, Annette Krebs & Taku Sugimoto, and Moe Kamura & Taku Sugimoto). Be sure not to miss this rare chance for a glimpse into one of Japan's most vital underground artistic movements.

Minor Musics: Japan is made possible, in part, by generous support from Japan Foundation NY.

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