Sound Exploration with Otomo Yoshihide/FEN
Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Admission: $18/$15 Japan Society members (each session) $32/$26 Japan Society members
FEN (Far East Network), led by legendary wizard of noise/improv Otomo Yoshihide, makes its North American debut at Japan Society for a one-of-a-kind evening of sound exploration. This monster quartet of improvisors also includes Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) in a two-set performance that probes sound, space, and silence. Alongside their roots in Asian experimentation, FEN also calls to mind experiments in sound by Fluxus and John Cage.
Otomo is a founding father of Japan’s Onkyo-kei scene and a known collaborator of John Zorn and Christian Marclay’s. He is also known for his composition of the hit theme song from the 2013 NHK morning drama Amachan.
Arrive early and explore Japan Society’s Gallery’s spring exhibition In the Wake: Japanese Artists Respond to 3/11. The Gallery has extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on May 14 and offers free admission to all FEN ticket holders. Cash bar opens at 6:00 p.m. and stays open throughout the evening.
SET #1: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (standing only)
FEN will focus on exploration of environment in a performance site-specific to Japan Society’s foyer. Audiences are invited to walk amongst the artists, bamboo trees, and Nakashima originals, experiencing the performance from 360°.
SET #2: 9:30–10:30 p.m. (general seating)
Set #2 will be an extended concert-style improvisation by FEN, taking place in Japan Society’s auditorium.
NOTE: Separate tickets are required for each set. To purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.