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Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education

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Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

  Akio Aki
                                                    photo by Goran Vejvoda

  1900 Kane St, HOUSTON, TX  77007

  Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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$13|$10 student |FREE under 18

Akio Suzuki
(Kyotango, Japan) - handmade instruments, found objects
Aki Onda
(New York, New york) - tapes, electronics, radio, found objects

Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda perform with self-made instruments, analogue tape machines and radios, wood pieces, nails and hammer, buckets, marbles, glass jars and found objects, by responding to the architecture, acoustics and energy of specific performance sites. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda and the Kyotango-based Suzuki share an inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Each performance begins with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.

Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for over five decades. Known as a pioneer sound artist, it has been suggested that a more accurate description of him would be “quester after sound and space”. Suzuki's journey as an artist began in 1963 with a performance at Nagoya station, in which he threw a bucket full of junk down a staircase. This performance took the desire to listen as its subject. That desire has remained the constant in Suzuki's stance as an artist ever since. During the sixties, Suzuki's sense of playfulness led him to undertake a series of “Self-Study Events”, where he explored the processes of "throwing" and "following", taking the natural world as his collaborator. The experiences he gained in these events led him to invent unique self-made instruments, including Analapos - an instrument that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders, and De Koolmess - consisting of hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame. He also performs on Iwabue, an ancient stone flute passed down through his family for many generations. From the late seventies through the eighties, Suzuki developed a form of performance he refers to as “Conceptual Soundwork”. Applying a number of self-imposed, simple and austere rules, he uses objects close at hand in a mode of “intellectual play". Akio Suzuki has collaborated with artists such as Toru Takemitsu, Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy and John Butcher.

Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer and visual artist. Onda was born in Japan and resides in New York. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” project - works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of more than two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His ongoing collaborations include “Nervous Magic Lantern” with Ken Jacobs, an improvisational trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, site-specific happenings with Akio Suzuki and audio-visual installations/performances with Raha Raissnia.


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Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda "ke i te ki" American Tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room.  The project is supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Japan Foundation NY, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  aa tour logos