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EDGES (as part of the 2014 AxS Festival)
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena, CA
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Saturday Oct 04, 2014 7:30 PM - Sunday Oct 05, 2014 7:30 PM | $10.00 - $15.00


EDGES (as part of the 2014 AxS Festival)
For this year's AxS (Art & Science) Festival, USC Pacific Asia Museum presents the premiere of EDGES, a new collaboration with media artist Carole Kim, Makoto Taiko* led by master drummer and Grammy-award winner Koji Nakamura, multi-woodwind performer Vinny Golia, and video artist Jesse Gilbert.  This piece will seek hybrid ground and innovation through the meeting of different traditions in music and working with digital/new media technologies within a spatial projection installation.

(*featuring taiko players Koji Nakamura, Hunter Loyd, Martin Blagaich, Akemi Imai, Kayo Mendoza)

"Taiko" refers to the art of Japanese drum ensembles (kumi-daiko), but the word literally means "fat drum." Kim says, "I have long been inspired by the reciprocating dialogue between sound and image. I look to create a sensitive framework that fosters symbiosis in content, aesthetics, and expressive counterpoint.  As someone who has been invested in lending physicality to digital media, what I find compelling about taiko is its unrivaled physicality and spirited energy that goes into playing and how much the drums give back by resonating throughout your body. When thinking of which contemporary musician could work with the magnitude of taiko drumming, Vinny Golia immediately came to mind.  With a true arsenal of wind instruments at his fingertips, I also knew Vinny would find interesting ways to meld and weave between a percussive bed rooted in tradition yet ready to expand in scope.  Finally, it is always a pleasure to work with long-term collaborator Jesse Gilbert who has fine-tuned an audio-reactive interface he calls Spectral GL, "an interactive listening instrument that generates real-time visual landscapes in response to sound.""EDGES will explore the shimmering line that emerges when performers highly trained in different disciplines turn their attention towards one another.

There will be limited seating so you are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance!

CAROLE KIM is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on video installation and video for live performance. She has experimented extensively with the moving image to physicalize the medium and render it malleable in real time. She continues to push the physical properties of video and projected light, exploring how they can create an optical and spatial phenomenology all their own. Kim seeks an integration of media where moving image, sound, dance and space are on equal planes engaging in a dynamic reciprocating and mutually supportive dialogue. Her work has been supported by the Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation, Dept of Cultural Affairs-Los Angeles, Pasadena Arts Council, Montalvo Arts Center, Durfee Foundation, REDCAT, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), The Getty Center, The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS), Newtown, Turbulence.org, California Institute of the Arts, and The Center for Experiments in Art, Information, and Technology.  

KOJI NAKAMURA first underwent intensive taiko training with members of the renowned taiko group Ondekoza  before establishing the Shumei Taiko Ensemble in Japan. During his twenty years with Shumei Taiko, Koji traveled around the world to perform at various illustrious venues, most notably at the Parliament of World Religions in Capetown, South Africa and at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a gathering of religious and spiritual leaders from around the world.Koji eventually moved to Pasadena, CA with his family to spread and teach taiko in the United States. A master of O-daiko drumming, Koji continues to travel regularly to perform and teach taiko drummers in the US and abroad.Koji's goal through taiko is to create peace and harmony in the hope that through his Taiko drumming, others will be inspired in spirit. He believes that the most important aspect of a taiko player is his or her spirituality and sincere attitude. To truly inspire others, one must play with makoto (sincerity and truth). In Koji Nakamura's own words, "No matter how brilliant taiko might look on stage, that brilliance is backed up with nothing other than down-to-earth work. It is obvious that there is no way to improve ones taiko skills except through an accumulation of humble efforts and hard training. But before all that, it is most important for one to learn how to live one's life as a human being. For me, I learn about life by approaching taiko in the company of young players."

As a composerVINNY GOLIA fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles. A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny's recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly "ten best" lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic's Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly's Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century.In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

JESSE GILBERT is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual art, sound and software design, creating flexible frameworks that are activated in live performance, via network interaction, or in installation settings. Since 2010 he has primarily developed and performed with his software SpectralGL, an interactive listening instrument that generates real-time visual landscapes in response to sound. Building on his work as a composer, sound designer and lifelong technologist, Gilbert's creative output probes the phenomenological nature of listening itself through a practice centering on improvisation and collaborative dialogue. His work has been presented widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and he has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including: Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Mark Trayle, Leroy Jenkins, Pauline Oliveros, Anne LeBaron, Nels Cline, Carole Kim, Motoko Honda, Timur Bekbosunov, Daniel Corral, Maile Colbert, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and many others. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Media Technology at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, and has taught interactive software design at both CalArts and UC San Diego. In 1994 Gilbert received a Watson Fellowship and spent a year studying music in Ghana, West Africa. His independent research, focused primarily on oral transmission of culture, has been a primary influence on his later work in electronic media.


USC Pacific Asia Museum (View)
46 N Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > All Ages
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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