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Otomo Yoshihide and SAICOBAB

Blum & Poe with Black Editions presents
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2478 N Fletcher Dr

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Otomo Yoshihide and SAICOBAB

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Otomo Yoshihide was a pioneering figure in the Electroacoustic Improvisation scene, and today is a musician and producer -- a cross-genre music maker actively performing free improvisation, noise, and pop, simultaneously and independently on a global scale. As a film composer, he has produced over 100 pieces of music for visual, film, and television works. In recent years, he has been making musical pieces and organizing a unique style of concert, mainly in collaboration with various artists and non-musicians under the name of "Ensembles." Additionally, he has been committed to music workshops and participatory projects with challenged children. He also extends his endeavors beyond the borders of music, including "Project FUKUSHIMA!," which started after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Otomo was artistic directer of Sapporo International Art Festival 2017 and Ensembles Asia for the Asian Music Network. Otomo Yoshihide will conduct a performance with his electric guitar and turntables.

SAICOBAB is the Japanese quartet of vocalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO), with Yoshida Daikiti on sitar, Akita Goldman on bass, and Motoyuki "Hama" Hamamoto on percussion, gamelan. SAICOBAB masterfully blends traditional Indian music with melodies and unexpected rhythms using unorthodox instrumentation to create utterly distinct modern ragas. SAICO means "the most ancient," and "BAB" stands for "baby" in Japanese. SAB SE PURANI means "the most ancient baby girl" in Hindi. The work reflects the deep connections made musically between traditional Indian and Japanese music and spiritual practices, rhythmically, numerically, and mathematically. SAICOBAB's deep understanding of traditions enables them to transform ancient cultural practices into contemporary creative expressions. SAICOBAB will perform a live concert with all members featuring YoshimiO's animated vocals in symbiosis with sitar and percussions.

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This event is presented within a wider public programming series connected to the exhibition Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s, curated by Mika Yoshitake at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Parergon focuses on the themes of abject politics, transcending media, performativity, and satire and simulation, and presents the work of over twenty-five artists in an array of media spanning painting, sculpture, duration performance, noise, video, and photography.

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*Portrait of Otomo Yoshihide by Peter Gannushkin

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