Guitarist. Born in 1978, Yokohama, Japan. Studied at Tokyo National University of Art and Music. With no formal training in music nor guitar playing he started playing the guitar to himself. He spent a month in 2004 with Derek Bailey in Barcelona and learned how to carry a guitar case. To this day he finds it not easy to have fellow musicians acquiesce to playing with him, and wonders why, thus ruminating Susan Sontag's maxim "Comfort isolates. Solitude limits solidarity; solidarity corrupts solitude." While persistently continuing the solo series, he craves for playing for and within the music community, past and present. Luckily, one finds below that he has enjoyed charity with some senior musicians. - Kazue Kobata
Monthly solo series 'Dead Pan Smiles' at plan-B, Tokyo, 2004 to present. "Derailment Gig" tour with Tristan Honsinger(cello), 2008. Gigs with Keiji Haino (multiple inst.), Yoshihide Otomo (guitar), Tetsuzi Akiyama (guitar), Ken Tsunoda(drums, percussion), Marcos Fernandes(drums, percussion), Shuichi Chino(piano), Kazuo Imai(guitar).
C. SPENCER YEH
Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975 and moved to the US in 1980; studied radio/television/film at Northwestern University, and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Musically, Yeh is active both as a solo and collaborative artist, as well as with his project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using voice, violin, and electronics. As a composer, Yeh works fluidly in and outside of genre and language developed both formally and colloquially. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of 'sound organization,' but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups, including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Okkyung Lee, John Wiese, Don Dietrich and Ben Hall (as The New Monuments), Prurient, and Jandek. He has performed at festivals and venues such as Sonar, FIMAV at Victoriaville, Frieze Arts Fair, Issue Project Room, No Fun Fest, High Zero, the 24 Hour Drone People at Fylkingen, The Kitchen, ZKM Karlsruhe, and has also exhibited visual art, sound, and video works internationally. His first solo museum exhibition opened Fall 2009 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.
Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Tajima is a New York based artist. Connecting geometric abstraction to the shape of our built environment, she explores activities, form, and performative roles defined by divisive social spaces. Select solo exhibitions include Bass Museum, Miami (forthcoming); X Initiative, New York; The Kitchen, New York; RISD Museum, Rhode Island; and Circuit, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include 2008 Whitney Biennial, Uncertain States of America, and Sympathy for the Devil. Tajima is founding member of New Humans, a moniker for collaborative music, art, and actions. New Humans collaborations include Charles Atlas, Vito Acconci, C. Spencer Yeh, Philippe Decrauzat, James Hoff, United Bamboo, among others. Group and Solo performances include ICA Philadelphia; CAC, Cincinnati; Artissima, Italy; Ballroom Marfa; Swiss Institute, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum, NY; RISD Museum, RI; etc. NH’s recordings continue a working use of physical materials, piercing drones, sheer static, and low bass frequencies. Releases include AKA (Semishigure, 2008) and Undercover (Circuit, 2006) and upcoming LP, Disallow (Planam, 2009).
Started in early 1982 in Nakano-Fujimicho, 15 minutes from Shinjuku, as Tokyo’s first artists-run multi-media & multi-disciplinary collective and venue for incubation and experimental performances, events and workshops. Founding members include Min Tanaka (dancer), Kazue Kobata (producer, critic), late Kenji Nakagami (writer), late Koji Enokura (visual artist) and more than a dozen artists and art activists. Multinational artists of all fields have made plan B their Tokyo base including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Milford Graves, Takehisa Kosugi, Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazue Ono, Simone Forti…. Though small as a space, it has served as an antenna for introducing less known but important traditional and folk arts from Japan and other countries such as India, Indonesia, Korea, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia…