Thursday 3 May 7.30 door – music 8pm | £8 adv / £10 otd BUY TICKETS
Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa visit the UK to play a handful of live events– the final leg of a short European tour. They will be collaborating with percussionist Charlie Collins and violinist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez for a series of Butoh performances accompanied by live improvised music.
MUSHIMARU FUJIEDA dancer
AYA OGAWA voice, piano & little instruments
CHARLIE COLLINS waterphone & percussion
BEATRIX WARD-FERNANDEZ violin
Mushimaru Fujieda hails from Aichi, in central Japan. Utilizing movement in relationship to breath and rhythm he has created his own style of dance, referring to the body of his work as “Natural Physical Poetry” (Tennen Nikutai Shi), a name that occurred to him after collaborations with Allen Ginsberg. Originally working as an actor, producer, writer, and director – first with the avante-garde theatre Ishiha” in Osaka, then with solo performance unit “Mushimaru Dokugi” – in 2002 he formed the Butoh dance group “The Physical Poets. He has performed internationally for more than 20 years, in Japan, Europe, South Korea, New York, China, Taiwan, Phillipines, Hong Kong, and India.
Musician, educator, and artist Aya Ogawa lives in Hakodate, Hokkaido. She has played the piano since 1968, has been involved in theatre since 1970, and while working as an educationalist has continued to write songs, organize poetry readings, and publish original picture books. These experiences inform her improvisations, which include work with Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Brotzmann, Deku Ogawa, and Butoh dancers Hal Tanaka and Tsukasa Kamidate.
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez is a UK based violinist and theremin player with an interest in all forms of improvised and contemporary composed music. Her trio has performed at the international theremin symposium “Hands Off”, while her audio installation, “Castillo de Luna “ (for theremin & waterphone) was exhibited at the AC Institute in New York. Her music has been released on Discus, Found Property, Singing Knives, and Classwar Karaoke.
Charlie Collins is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, and Butoh dancer Tsukasa Kamidate. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.