TETUZI AKIYAMA, JASON KAHN, BRYAN EUBANKS, TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA + ANNE-F JACQUES/TIM OLIVE (duo) at SMFA
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Non-Event and SMFA present

TETUZI AKIYAMA, JASON KAHN, BRYAN EUBANKS, TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA
ANNE-F JACQUES + TIM OLIVE (duo)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway, Room 202
Boston, MA
8pm / $15 general admission / $10 members + students / FREE for SMFA students

TETUZI AKIYAMA is one of Japan’s most active experimental guitarists. He manages to successfully bridge many directions in his music, ranging from Texas boogie and free noise to highly restrained acoustic work.

TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA has made a name for himself since the late 1990’s in improvised and experimental electronic music with his use of the no-input mixing board, an instrument yielding a wide range of sonic possibilities within the framework of a chaotic feedback system he has developed over many solo and collaborative concerts.

BRYAN EUBANKS is active as a composer of electronic music and as an improviser. He plays the soprano saxophone both as acoustic instrument and as part of a unique feedback system built and designed by himself, using open circuit boards and custom analog circuitry.

On drum set, JASON KAHN’s playing swings across a wide spectrum of approaches, ranging from ecstatic propulsion and rhythmic drive to abstract sound textures using a variety of found metal objects and cymbals.

Together, these musicians will fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation.

ANNE-F JACQUES and TIM OLIVE use handmade, idiosyncratic instrumentation to produce and amplify detailed sound textures, from fine-grained to coarse. Anne-F’s “rotating devices” refer to small electric motors which are modified, manipulated and amplified; Tim’s “magnetic pickups” are the engine of a devolved one-string electric guitar. They share a tactile, lo-tech approach to improvised sound composition, manipulating diverse objects and materials in conjunction with somewhat unpredictable audio pickup/amplification systems to create a music in turns serene and agitated, pellucid and dense, fluid and gritty.

Their collaboration began in July 2013, when Japan-residing Olive was in Montreal for a series of performances. A day of recording in Jacques’s studio resulted in “Dominion Mills”, a CD released on 845 Audio in 2014 which received excellent critical reviews. The duo then organized a tour of Japan in November 2014, where they played in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo, performing as a duo and with local musicians, including Takahiro Kawaguchi and Makoto Oshiro.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.