Performance: Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer with Tetuzi Akiyama
John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki of Oakland will present an improvisational composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion. Their work originates from their shared interest in ancient and spiritual musics as much as in the Western avant-garde, utilizing sustained tones, long durations, and playing endurance to create experiential environments.
Tetuzi Akiyama, on tour from Tokyo, will begin the evening with a solo guitar performance. Since emerging in the 1980's from Tokyo's insurgent improvising underground, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama has blazed a thrillingly confounding trail. Over the decades Akiyama has developed an utterly unique musical language; his playing reveals a total mastery of the achingly beautiful sounds of roots and country blues music as well as the nuanced avant garde abstractions that embrace subtle sounds and silence. Akiyama is perhaps the only artist that can lay equal claim to the inspiration of John Lee Hooker's boogie guitar runs and John Cage's silence.
Please note that this performance includes the use of strobe lights.