Otomo Yoshihide/contact Gonzo

Friday 18 July 2014 at 19:30

Turntable Solo Performance by Otomo Yoshihide
contact Gonzo

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Otomo Yoshihide

Born in Yokohama in 1959, Otomo Yoshihide is a guitarist, turntable performer and composer. His music ranges widely from experimental music to jazz and pops and his artistic activities draw attention abroad as well as in Japan. He also has an extensive career as a sound track/inserted music composer for movies and television. In recent years, Otomo has been active in the area of collaborative displays (installations) or special-form concerts with a variety of artists under the name “Ensembles,” while also devoting efforts to public-participation outreach projects. After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami he initiated a project in Fukushima, one of the stricken areas where he had lived during his teens, which resulted in his receiving the Award of the Ministry of Education in the Art Encouragement Prizes category for his 2012 “Project FUKUSHIMA!” In 2013 he received the Japan Record Grand Prix for his music for the popular TV series Ama-chan along with numerous other awards.

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contact Gonzo

Founded in 2006, contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group based in Osaka, Japan. The name Gonzo, which means eccentric or hooligan, is a reference to 1970s Gonzo Journalism in the United States, a style of writing that made no claims of objectivity and favored first-person narratives. The group, a collective of untrained dancers, has developed a specific mode of contact improvisation that borrows from sources ranging from martial arts to Internet trends. Based on both physical strength and agility, and trusting relationships within the group, contact Gonzo powerfully balances elements of contemporary dance, performance art, and urban and popular cultures.

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"Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past" at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.