“Two exceptional and profoundly attentive sound artists.” – Julian Cowley, The Wire.
Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda present a unique opportunity to experience the innovative artists’ sonic and spatial explorations. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the Kyotango-based Suzuki (b. 1941) and the NYC-based Onda (b. 1967) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. “They moved with the deliberateness of dancers, by turns spontaneous, urgent and precise, and their chemistry was intriguing… It was captivating sound art, unfussy and expertly executed.” – Kate Molleson, The Herald.
Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the various sites to guide the flow and development of the performances. Each performance will begin with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.
Advance $15 general/$10 students & WF members;
Door $20 general /$ 15 students & WF members
Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda as a duo initiated a collaborative relationship in 2005. Aki Onda once said “Off stage, [Suzuki] is a warm and gentle man but once on stage, I saw him become and animal.” Onda views Suzuki as a powerful shaman that it is not Suzuki that created sound, but rather sound descended upon him. The duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album “ma ta ta bi” on ORAL records in 2014.
A legendary Japanese sound artist, Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for nearly 40 years. His music is simple and pure, exploring how natural atmospheres and sounds can be harnessed and then set free. To experience his art is to lose oneself in the sound that surrounds us. Suzuki performs on a range of unique self-made instruments including Analapos – an instrument he invented in the 1970s that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders, De Koolmees – consisting of hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame, and an ancient stone flute (Iwabue) passed down through his family for many generations. 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 currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by himself over a span of 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, choreographers and visual artists. He has collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, Oren Ambarchi, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, Lionel Marchetti, Linda Sharrock, and Blixa Bargeld.
Western Front New Music gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders, sponsors and partners:
Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, SOCAN Foundation, Government of British Columbia, and Best Western.