Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai

Saturday, September 19, 2015 to Sunday, September 20, 2015
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY     map

Chatori Shimizu presents Shiki to Unkai: A Performance with Sound Installation.

The performance will take place at 7:30pm each evening. A donation of $10-$15 is encouraged. 

Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, whose award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, Chatori draws upon both Western contemporary composition as well as the aesthetic and philosophy of Japanese sacred music Gagaku, in order to create pieces which comprise of two main elements: sound and the silence between sounds. Gagaku music, which expresses the functions of the universe according to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, provides the conceptual basis to Chatori’s compositions which present a balance between meditative repetition and its hysterical demolition.

For Inner Fields, Chatori Shimizu will be performing the shō, a traditional Japanese meditative instrument which places importance on the “間” (pronounced Ma), which literally means “silent spaces between sounds”. The shō instrument is considered to be a part of a player’s body since it produces sound according to the player’s in and out breath. Chatori will perform the shō alongside his sound installation ‘Somewhere Close’, where contact microphones will be attached to different specimens of wood and through adjustments in frequency, the audience will be able to hear “nature singing”. The performance will also include paintings by TARO. ‘Somewhere Close’ was first exhibited at Pioneer Works in 2014 and it will be the US premiere of Chatori’s shō compositions ‘Shiki to Unkai III’ and ‘Shinkaigyo’.

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