Overview

The music scene expands as Asian countries interact...
Bridging the pioneers in music with the general public, this inter-relational project will build an all-embracing, non-hierarchical orchestra, and spread the new potentialities in music across the globe.

Welcoming Otomo Yoshihide (musician) as Artistic Director, and while advancing the three projects "Asian Music Network," "Asian Sounds Research," and "Ensembles Asia Orchestra" in parallel, we will use the combined event "Asian Meeting Festival" - which will include live performances, talks, symposia, film screenings, and installations - as a platform for presenting the achievements of the said three projects.

  • +Asian Music Network

    Asian Music Network aims to identify key figures in an emerging Asian experimental and independent music scene, and cultivate a new collaborative network among musicians and organisers. These artists are brought together at the annual Asian Meeting Festival in Japan. New models to present experimental music programs in various cities throughout Asia is also explored by working closely with local artist communities and cultural organisations.

    Project Director

    Takuro Mizuta Lippit / dj sniff
    Musician | Curator | Visiting Assistant Professor of City University of Hong Kong
    dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) is a musician and curator in the field of experimental electronic arts and improvised music. His musical work builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design, and free improvisation. He has performed internationally at various venues and festivals around the world, and has released 12 DJ mixes and 4 albums, which includes collaborations with Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide, Martin Tetreault, and Paul Hubweber. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, All About Jazz, The WIRE, and MusicWorks. During his appointment as Artistic Director of STEIM (2007 - 2012) in Amsterdam, he curated and produced over 100 projects including large-scale international festivals and award winning art works. Since 2012, he is based in Hong Kong where he is Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media CityU HK, and is Co-Director of Ensembles Asia / Asian Music Network.
    Yuen Chee Wai
    Musician | Designer
    Singapore-based musician, artist and designer, Yuen Chee Wai's improvisational work explores relationships between sound, image and word. In 2008 together with fellow musicians Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Ryu Hanki (Korea) and Yan Jun (China), they formed FEN (Far East Network) - an improvisational music quartet focused on cross-disciplinary collaborations within Asia. Yuen is the Co-Director of Ensembles Asia / Asian Music Network, which runs the Asian Meeting Festival annually in Japan. Being firmly plugged in South East Asia, he has been able to successfully bridge numerous new collaborations with musicians from South East Asia with others from around the world. Yuen is also a key member of avant/experimental rock band The Observatory (Singapore), with whom he plays guitar, synth and electronics. The Observatory runs an initiative called Playfreely, which focuses on collaborations between musicians of different styles and genres, traditional and experimental, coming together in an intensive environment, to workshop and produce new and interesting work. With 7 albums to date, The Observatory continues to perform and tour worldwide.
  • +Asian Sounds Research

    Pursuing new expressions in sound, we visit each country to hear from artists - and listen to their music - and archive that audio and video footage. By sharing the latest experiments and expressions in sound that are being carried out in Japan and the Asian region, we identify newly-created or developing local sonic expressions. By partnering with local artists to use those techniques towards the creation of joint projects, our goal is creating a new creative enterprise that goes beyond the mere constraints of conventional art and music.

    Project Director

    Sachiko M
    Musician

    Sachiko M is an internationally avant-garde musician who is known for her performances with electric instruments utilising sinewaves. she has expanded her repertoire to include sound installation, song composing, and photography works. She is the Project Director of Asian Sounds Research, as well as the Director and Curator of OPEN GATE. on 16th, performing improvised music with minimal sound systems.

    http://teamsachikom.wix.com/-sachiko-m-english
    Twitter: teamsachikom

    First phase members 2014/10 - 2015/9

    Tadashi Yonago
    Musician | Sound Artist
    http://www.chochopin.net
    http://float.chochopin.net
    Yuki Higuchi
    Photo/Video recording
    Yukari Fujimoto
    Independent Curator
    Yoshito Mizuuchi
    artist http://www.yoshihito-mizuuchi.net
    Mieko Matsumoto
    Photographer http://www.miekomatsumoto.com
  • +Ensembles Asia Orchestra

    Ensembles Asia Orchestra holds wrkshops and performances operating on the principle of a freeform orchestra. Conducting fieldwork related to the teme of "music without musicians," the group began as the Ensembles Asia Orhestra Collective, which consisted of musicians, photographers, sociologists, and artists who set out to create an orchestra without musicians. The project was launched to facilitate a variety o encounters and communication with Asian people. It is our hope that the music which emerges as a result wll form new connections between people.

    Detail

    +Ensembles Asia Orchestra Collective 2015
    Otomo Yoshihide
    Artistic Director | Ensembles Asia
    Ishikawa Naoki
    Photographer
    Arima Keiko
    Director | Ensembles Asia Orchestra
    Ban Ga Nguyen
    Hanoi
    Son Phung Tien
    Hanoi
    Rully Shabara
    Indonesia
    Arnont Nongyao
    Thai
    Bigg Thatchatham
    Thai
    +Ensembles Asia Orchestra Collective 2014
    Otomo Yoshihide
    Artistic Director | Ensembles Asia
    Ishikawa Naoki
    Photographer
    Arima Keiko
    Director | Ensembles Asia Orchestra
    Kainuma Hiroshi
    Sociologist | Philippines | Indonesia
    Harada Yoshito
    NGO Siquijors Angel | Philippines
    Yokota Hajime
    NPO Action | http://actionman.jp | Philippines
    Abdi Karya
    Rumata' | Indonesia
    Venzha Christ
    HONF Foundation Indonesia

Artistic Director

Otomo Yoshihide

ootomoMusician

Born in 1959 in Yokohama, Otomo grew up in Fukushima as a teenager.

Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his musical talent has touched people all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks. In recent years, he has continued to work on special types of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of "ensembles."

In addition, one of his priorities is, producing musical workshop projects involving children with disabilities. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he initiated "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" along with people from various fields. Since then, he has been active beyond the music scene and this brought him national recognition. In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama "Amachan."