In 1999, after dedicating himself to music for television and TV commercials, sound artist Kazuya Nagaya embarked on a personal search through the most fragile parts of Japanese rural tradition. From oral narratives of endangered peoples, to the instruments and compositions used in ancient Buddhist ceremonies, the path led him to develop himself through the literature and to combine his experiences using electronic media with all the instruments he discovered along the way. He became one of contemporary Japan’s most outstanding composers of ambient music.
Florence To finds the ideal platform for her multiple lines of research and experimentation in installation art. With space, light, and sound as her primary elements, each of To’s projects interprets information about vibration through psychoacoustics, neuroscience, and computational processes. She then builds an audiovisual language capable of modifying architectural environments and triggering cognitive responses, especially the emotional. To’s installations have been presented at international festivals and galleries including Unsound, TodaysArt, Berlin Atonal, and at CTM.
The performance, Ambr, begins with 445 rins (traditional Japanese bowl-shaped instruments) in a circular arrangement on the floor, to present an intense, elegant reverberation, with electronic processes guided by composer Kazuya Nagaya. For the first time, and as a premiere for MUTEK.MX, the performance will feature lighting and visuals by the artist Florence To, to delve still further into the Buddhist rituals and altars that inspired the work.
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