The Tokyo based vocalist and cross media artist is in the UK for a series of concerts with percussionist Charlie Collins. This 2nd UNspellable concert is not only Yamasaki’s premiere UK performance, but also the 50th anniversary of Collins first involvement with live improvisation – a double celebration.
Doors 19.00/19.30 - Concert Starts 20.00
@ Small Seeds
Castlegate Huddersfield HD1 2UD
Concert £5 - Students £3/Unwaged £1
UNspellable is a new concert series promoted by ame, taking place around Huddersfield in 2019/20. Both UK based and international artists are programmed, presenting a wide range of infinitely fascinating but awkwardly unclassifiable music - including improvisation, contemporary composition, electronic, sound art, and electro-pop.
Season 1 of UNspellable invites six outstanding musicians from Japan working with UK-based musicians, in collaboration with Small Seeds and Bar Maroc.
AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces, and films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: "How does the world construct itself" For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields.
Yamasaki sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and “little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”
As a vocalist she has collaborated with Ryuchi Sakamoto, psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Ikue Mori, Carl Stone, and Ned Rothenberg among many others, and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan, while her short films have evoked a passionate response, and received critical acclaim.
CHARLIE COLLINS is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, vocalist Ami Yamasaki, and Butoh dancers Mushimaru Fujieda and Tsukasa Kamidate. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.
DEREK SAW has worked in free improvisation and at the cutting edges of experimental music since his move to Sheffield, UK. He was a member of legendary electric free/jazz group Bass Tone Trap, and in the mid eighties co-founded the respected Hornweb quartet, while also organising his own Rhythm Division, which included drummer Paul Hession. Most recently he has worked with thereminist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez on her Trio project, and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists Sonny Simmons, Gino Robair, Linda Sharrock, Anton Mobin, Yoko Miura, Eun-Jung Kim, and Ryoko Akama.
UNspellable season 02 and 03 will be curated by
Another Timbre & Andie Brown in 2020 details will follow soon..
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