A discussion with Yoshihide
Wednesday, November 16th
@ the Department of East Asian Studies
41 East 11th Street
7th floor, Gallery
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
In the wake of Japan's
Fukushima nuclear disaster in March, musician Yoshihide Otomo
began organizing "Project Fukushima!" - an open-ended autonomous
movement for people to create and express ideas in diverse media,
and learn about radiation-specific science to tackle the invisible
threats of radiation that has been contaminating the vast area of
Japan. In August, they organized an outdoor music festival in
Fukushima not far from the still leaking nuclear power plant,
whose planning was accompanied by daily radiation monitoring in
the outdoor venue. Hear Otomo speak of the reasons for this
project, the controversies surrounding it, and the prospects for
art, music, and recovery in Fukushima.
Otomo Yoshihide is a pioneering composer of noise, house, new
jazz and other musical forms in Japan and internationally. As an
ethnomusicologist, he has studied, among other things, the
development of musical instruments in China's cultural revolution.
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies,
the Japan Society, and Todos Somos Japan.