AKIO SUZUKI & AKI ONDA
fu-rai North American Tour 2017
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Workshop at Marfa Stockyards, 6-7:30pm
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Concert at Saint George Hall, 8-9:30pm
Marfa Live Arts presented two special events with renowned Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda in Marfa on October 25th and 26th.
On Wednesday, October 25th, Marfa Live Arts hosted an interactive workshop with Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda discussing principles of site-specific performance. Participants were invited to bring their own instruments and perform alongside the artists at the historic Marfa Stockyards.
On Thursday, October 26th, Suzuki and Onda performed at Saint George Hall utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the site to guide the flow and development of the performance.
Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda (b. 1967) and the Kyotango-based Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly 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 site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album “ma ta ta bi” on ORAL_records in 2014. In Fall 2015, Suzuki and Onda had “ke i te ki” US tour, presented by ISSUE Project Room. This year, they were invited to perform at documenta 14 in Athens.
Both events in Marfa will be free and are part of a seven-city North American tour that includes performances with Blank Forms at Pioneer Works in New York and SASSAS at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Los Angeles.
Since the 1960s, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki has been investigating the acoustic quality of selected locations and creating corresponding topographies. His intensive involvement with the phenomena of pulse and echo led him to develop his own instruments in the 1970s. One of these is the spiral echo instrument Analapos. It consists of a coil spring and two iron cylinders that function as resonating chambers, and is played with the voice or by hand. Starting from the 90s, his soundwalk project, oto-date, which means, respectively, "sound" and "point" in Japanese, finds listening points in the city, and playfully invites the audience to stop and listen carefully at given points on the map. Suzuki has been also active in the improvised music scenes in different continents, and has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, David Toop, and John Butcher.
Aki Onda is a New York-based artist and composer. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda’s work has been presented numerous institutions such as MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, Louve Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others.
Marfa Live Arts and the Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda programs are generously supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Women for the Arts, and the City of Marfa. The “fu-rai” North American Tour is presented by SASSAS and supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan program.
The official accommodation sponsor for this program is the Hotel Saint George. In-kind support provided by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. Graphic design by Simone Rubi.
Photos courtesy of the artist.