The Wild Beast Concert Series returns to CalArts on Friday (Sept. 12) at 6 pm with an outdoor concert at the Wild Beast featuring the Minor Musics Japan Tour. The “gleefully unpolished” tour features performances by artists of Japan’s underground music scene: folk improvisation group Ché-SHIZU, naïvist ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz and accordionist à qui avec Gabriel.
The groups incorporate rock, folk and other pop genres into their work, embracing rough and “naïvist” sounds, improvisation and John Cage-style experimentalism. The musicians adopt Cage’s ideas on the role of silence in shaping and subverting musical events, allowing the performers to choose when to play the sparse music between long silences.
À qui avec Gabriel (a.k.a. Aki Tamura) performs a set of solo accordian music described as “deconstructed romanticism.” Listen to a sample of her work below:
Organized by Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room, the tour commences at CalArts and branches out to three other cities this month:
- Sept. 14 – Marfa Live Arts, TX
- Sept. 16 – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
- Sept. 19-20 – ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY, featuring Chie Mukai / Keith Connolly duo
The next concert in The Wild Beast Concert Series falls on Oct. 18 and pays tribute to the late faculty and legendary percussionist, John Bergamo (1940–2013). Read more.
In the video above, Maher Shalal Hash Baz performs in Toyko in 2013.
Minor Musics Japan Tour
Sept. 12, 6 pm
The Wild Beast, CalArts
Free, reserve tickets