8th May 2015 (Friday) panel discussion and performance

 

‘Music Culture in Okinawa, the southern-most islands of Japan, and Rock in Opposition movement’ panel discussion and performance

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8th May 2015 (Friday)

University of East London, FUEL

at Stratford Circus Circus2

from  19.30(TBC)

Admission – £2, free for UEL students and members of staff

Ticket Information –
www.stratford-circus.com
search ‘Music Culture in Okinawa’
or click on 8 May in the calender then find ‘Music Culture in Okinawa’

1.Talk – Why and how does Okinawa produce such a wide variety of music.

2.Performed by Chris Cutler (bass), Yumi Hara (keyboard), Kengo Sakamoto (bass), and Kazuya Uechi (bass)

【Limited free distribution at the venue】
We will give away SD card contains ‘100 of the latest Okinawan popular music‘.

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In this talk and performance, the panel members will perform on stage and tell us about the charm of Okinawa which produces such a wide variety of popular music.

The culture of ‘Live Houses’ (places specifically designed for musical performances) is not only limited to the music scene of Okinawa but extends across Japan. There are many performer-owned live houses in Okinawa and many of these are inheriting the traditions of Okinawan music.

In this talk and performance, we will be introducing the live house called ‘groove’. Because the owner himself is a musician, in addition to managing the live house, he also participates, performs as an audio engineer and coordinates tours. Live houses support musicians by providing meeting places and venues for mutual collaboration.

Okinawa, where “groove” is located, is well known as a holiday resort destination and is also famous within East Asia as an island with a rich music industry.

The great breadth of music creates an environment that supports performers and for this reason there are many musicians producing a wide variety of different kinds of music.

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Discussion topics

1.The live house as the backbone of the Okinawan music scene
2.What connects Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, Kazuya Uechi and Kengo Sakamoto
3.Why the musicians collaborate across national boundaries
4.The charm of Okinawa and how it relates to music production

Chris Cutler (bass), Yumi Hara (keyboard),Kengo Sakamoto (bass), and Kazuya Uechi (bass)

Panelist Introductions

Yumi Hara Cawkwell
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Yumi Hara Cawkwell is from Tokyo and has been living in London since 1993. She is a Senior Lecturer in musicology at the University of East London, a keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and performer of improvisation. Yumi and Chris are the founders of the band ‘Artaud Beats, you me & us’ and has performed internationally. She also lectures about the art of improvisation and teaches Music Performance, Production and Music Technology at the university.

Chris Cutler

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Chris Cutler is a founder of Rock in Opposition, the CEO of the ReR record label, a drummer and writer. He is well known internationally as the drummer of the experimental rock group Henry Cow. He later started the Festival of Rock in Opposition and founded the Recommended label that introduces non-English speaking musicians to the English-speaking world. His publications include ‘File under Popular – Theoretical and Critical Writing on Music’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Under_Popular) and other work on musicology. His ongoing podcast series ‘Probes’ is his research of development in music after the 20th century from a historical perspective.
Kazuya Uechi
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Kazuya Uechi is the owner of the Live House ‘groove’ (www.cosmos.ne.jp/~groove/schedule.html). He is a bassist from Okinawa and lives in Naha City. The owner of ‘groove’ for the past 24 years, he has released 2 CDs of traditional folk songs of Miyako Island from ‘groove line records’. He participates in a large number of live events and record production. As a bassist, he has been involved in many sessions with underground musicians from home and abroad. He formed the band ‘Jittyaku Orchestra’ (https://ja-jp.facebook.com/jicchaku) in 2005. He also performs with the rock bands ‘Shaolong To The Sky’ and ‘Maltese Rock’.

Kengo Sakamoto
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Kengo Sakamoto is from Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan and has been living in Okinawa since 2000. He is an electric bassist and has released 4 studio albums and 4 live DVDs with the progressive rock group, Koenji Hyakkei (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Denji_Hyakkei). As well as Japan, he has performed at music festivals in the United States, France, Portugal, Germany and solo in Taiwan and San Francisco. He is also a professional music therapist. He strongly believes that his relationship with music has developed by living in Okinawa.
Introduction of Live House ‘groove’
6ce7940c10afccf1f1d63e7baba8e54c ‘groove’ opened in 1990 in Urasoe City. It is known as one of the most creative live spaces in Okinawa and has hosted a wide range of performers from Okinawan folk music to improvised music. Its experimental style has won fans across the world. Past performers and artists include Isamu Shimoji, Katsuo Kuninaka, Tetsuhiro Daiku, Yasukatsu, Oshima, Yoshihide Otomo, Kazutoki Umezu, Akira Sakata, Keiji Haino, Isao Suzuki, Tatsuya Yoshida, Seiichi Yamamoto, Kan Mikami, Hoppy Kamiyama, Agata Morio, John Zorn, Mori Ikue, Yumi Hara, David Allen, Chris Cutler, YOUL & MINA, Tristan Honsiner, Tobias Delius and Matija Schellander
About Music Island – Okinawa

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Okinawa is an archipelago of islands located between mainland Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines and has become a resort island welcoming many tourists from East Asia and around the world. Okinawa is also known as an island with a wide variety of traditional indigenous art including music such as Okinawan folk music and rock music influenced by American culture. Okinawa has produced a great number of million-selling musicians in a wide variety of music genres.

 

8th May 2015 (Friday)

University of East London, FUEL

‘Music Culture in Okinawa, the southern-most islands of Japan, and Rock in Opposition movement’ panel discussion and performance

at Stratford Circus Circus2

from  19.30(TBC)

Admission – £2, free for UEL students and members of staff

Ticket Information –
www.stratford-circus.com
search ‘Music Culture in Okinawa’
or click on 8 May in the calender then find ‘Music Culture in Okinawa’

1.Talk – Why and how does Okinawa produce such a wide variety of music.

2.Performed by Chris Cutler (bass), Yumi Hara (keyboard), Kengo Sakamoto (bass), and Kazuya Uechi (bass)

We will give away SD card contains latest Okinawan popular music.

Presented by Rock in Opposition and Joy?Executive Committee
and Center for Performing Arts Development, UEL

Supported by Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resouces Development Foundation