Blank Canvas present Toshimaru Nakamara and Andrew Leslie Hooker 29.09.2019

Toshimaru Nakamura's (Japan) instrument is the no-input mixing board, which describes a way of using a standard mixing board as an electronic music instrument,

toshi teshima 400pxproducing sound without any external audio input. The use of the mixing board in this manner is not only innovative in the the sounds it can create but, more importantly, in the approach this method of working with the mixer demands. The unpredictability of the instrument requires an attitude of obedience and resignation to the system and the sounds it produces, bringing a high level of indeterminacy and surprise to the music. Nakamura pioneered this approach to the use of the mixing board in the mid-1990's and has since then appeared on over one hundred audio publications, including nine solo CD's.

He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China, Singapore and Malaysia, performing and recording both as a soloist and in collaboration with numerous other musicians.

As an active organizer of concerts in Tokyo, Nakamura has helped many musicians coming to Japan find places to perform, both with himself and with others. From 1998 to 2003 Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama ran the concert series Improvisation Series at Bar Aoyama and then later the Meeting at Off Site series of concerts. Both these concert series were crucially important in exposing a new manner to improvised music (referred to as Electro Acoustic Improvisation) to the Japanese public and to foreign musicians visiting Japan, making Tokyo one of the global hotspots for this new approach to music.

www.toshimarunakamura.com

 

 

 

Anoikis Bio Image ALH 300pxAndrew Leslie Hooker was born in England in 1962.
He is a filmmaker, composer and improvisor of electroacoustic/no-input music currently based in North Wales.  He began his career as a photographer and graphic designer, collaborating with various music, art and fashion publications, record labels, theatre and dance companies.
He has exhibited paintings, photographic works and experimental films in various galleries throughout Europe and the United States and was included (as filmmaker) in the 49th Venice Biennale.


At the present time, he is continuing his compositional studies as a PhD research student at the University of Huddersfield whilst contemporaneously working on various music, dance and extended cinema projects.
His film works and compositions are published by Entr'acte (London/Antwerp) and Dinzu Artefacts (Los Angeles). Past and current collaborators include:  Gavin Bryars, Manuel Zurria, Philip Jeck,  John Duncan, Jon Wozencroft, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Von Archives, Aleksander Gabrys, Seijiro Murayama, 3/4HadBeenEliminated, Giuseppe Ielasi, Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine, Graham Dunning and Rhodri Davies

andrewlesliehooker.bandcamp.com

 

The Blank Canvas Octet is a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. It uses the ‘system 50:50` - where chess clocks are used to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. An exciting project to participate in, to witness and to hear.

On system 50:50“Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openess allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins, improviser, Sheffield.

Featuring more or less,

TIM WISE, reeds
SIMON ROSS, turntable
IAN SIMPSON, guitar
PETE JONES, guitar
ROBIN HARTWELL, sound
MARTIN HACKETT, Korg MS - Oxford Improvisers.
SABINE KUSSMAUL, guitar
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments
EMIL KARLSEN, percussion
COLLETTE MACDONALD, strings

The Ship and Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool,
29th September, 8.00 pm £7.50 on the door £5.00 in advance (tickets on sale from September 12th)

Additional Info

  • About Blank Canvas: Blank Canvas concert series was launched in 2011 by Frakture. It is now a stand-alone project, presenting concerts, supporting free improvisation on Merseyside and developing the The Blank Canvas octet. Blank Canvas is curated by the Phil Morton and Robin Hartwell, it has an `open source` system of management and administration and new personnel and their ideas are welcome. Please make contact. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mob 07999518582 System 5050 for more information, just google it! `improvisers networks system 5050`
  • About The Ship & Mitre.:

    The Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street Liverpool. L2 2JH is a CAMRA Pub of Excellence, offering the largest selection of hand-pulled ales in Merseyside. With a range of around 200 beers (draught and bottled) it offers one of the largest selections in the North West. Food is available till 6.00 pm on Sundays

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