Formed in 1999 by Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga, Minamo has performed and collaborated with some of the most important artists in ambient electronic music, such as Taylor Deupree, Lawrence English, Microstoria, Oren Ambarchi, and Ikue Mori, among others. The artists in Minamo are staples for the respected independent 12K record label.
This event, hosted by percussion professor Steve Wilkes and sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, includes a performance as well as a discussion of Minamo’s artistic process, which combines electronic and acoustic music at the intersection of composition and improvisation.
Welcome to a world where ideas and genres are pushed to their extremes, with the general sentiment that there is new music waiting to be created.
Live from Tokyo takes the viewer through the back streets of Shinjuku, the intersections in Shibuya, and the alleys in Koenji as it highlights the innovative musicians behind Tokyo's multi-faceted underground music scene.
The documentary looks at Tokyo's music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and in relation to international music culture. Special guest Hiromu Boschee Nagahara, assistant professor of History at MIT, will share from his research into history of media, popular culture, and censorship in modern Japan to give texture and context to the current music scene.
Live From Tokyo takes the viewer through the back streets in Shinjuku, the intersections in Shibuya, the alleys in Koenji, and all over Tokyo, as it highlights the innovative musicians that create the multi-faceted underground music scene.