R.I.T.E.S and The Artists Village Artists-In-Residency Program


[Sound Gig #05]

Mike Cooper

Yuzuru Maeda

Timothy O’Dwyer

Fung Sheong Ying

Time | Date: 7pm, Friday, 18th May 2012

Venue: Theatre [at] The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

At the door: $6 (+1 drink)

Event Program:

Mike Cooper will present "White Shadow in the South Seas", a silent film screening with a live score written and performed by the artist. The silent film is based on 1919 novel of the same title by Frederick O’Brien, directed by W.S. Van Dyke and Robert Flaherty in 1928. The film is known for being the first MGM picture to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack and it would feature a supporting cast of Tahitian Islanders and actors from Hollywood.

Follow below link for more details on performance and the film’s storyline: http://web.mac.com/cooparia/iWeb/Site/White%20Shadows%20in%20the%20South%20Seas.html

Yuzuru Maeda will present her recent musical processes with an electro acoustic performance, unfolding her enduring search for the divine sound and devotional songs, Maeda will be performing with traditional instruments (Sarod, Harmonium) and prepared sound objects.

Special guest performers; Timothy O’Dwyer and Fung Sheong Ying will join both the resident artists for a collaborative free improvisation as the closing session of the sound gig.

TAV AIR Artists’ Talk: by Mike Cooper and Yuzuru Maeda

Time | Date: 2pm to 5pm, Sunday, 20th May 2012,

Venue: Random Room [at] The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Both artists will talk about their current practices and their proposed projects in the residency program. For more info on TAV AIR program - http://www.tav.org.sg/artistsinresidency/

Artists’ Bio:

For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. With his roots lying in acoustic country blues he has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better known contemporaries Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne, etc. by pursuing it into the more avant-garde musical areas also occupied by contemporary guitar innovators such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot, with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended techniques. Cooper’s acclaimed multi-genre musical practice had acceded the artist himself, with critics ostensibly describing him as an “Italian-based post-everything musician.” Artist’s link - http://web.mac.com/cooparia/iWeb/Site/biography.html

Yuzuru Maeda is born in Japan in 1978. Maeda had received a Music BA from the LaSalle Collage of Arts, Singapore in 2009 and currently works and lives in Singapore. As her musical practice, the artist produces soundtracks, jingles and music compositions for independent films, commercials. She performs mainly with the Sanshin (Japanese), Sarod (Indian) and Violin (Classical) fusing her acoustic sensibilities with electronic compositions. Her musical lineage is established through her personal research and study of modern musical masters, La Monte Young and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. She explores music making and sound production in the cross-cultural contexts of contemporary music and her musical works are described as ‘Beyond time and space’, which express about the divine energy and spirituality. As an extension to her musical practice, Maeda has been making video-based works under the title of “Zentai Art Project” (2011). These video works are prolific explorations of moving-images that had fused her musical insights with her intuition in the visual aesthetics. Maeda’s inherent inter-disciplinary approach brings out the “Zentai” sub-culture to investigate into the human conditions of identity, spiritual connections with cosmic energy in the universe and as a means to come to terms with the artist’s living environment. Artist’s link - http://yuzuru.weebly.com/about-me.html

Timothy O’Dwyer is a saxophonist, composer and educator, currently Head of the School of Contemporary Music at LASALLE. Timothy’s career has constantly stretched across borders of genre, performance practice, and art forms. Trained as a jazz musician at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia) graduating with a BA Music in 1993 he furthered his studies with a tuition grant from the Australian Council for the Arts in 1995 studying with new complexity composer Richard Barrett in Amsterdam and visionary saxophonist/ improviser Evan Parker in London. O’Dwyer was a founding member of the seminal punk-jazz group bucketrider from Melbourne (1992) who went on to release four acclaimed CDs including tributes to Sun Ra, late period John Coltrane and supports for Zena Geva (Jap) and Sonic Youth (US). He has been a member of Elision Contemporary Ensemble since 1994 premiering many new works for the saxophone and composing works for the ensemble that have premiered at arts festivals throughout many countries. The artist formed the Tim O'Dwyer Trio in 2005, has released two CDs and with them has performed at jazz festivals all over the world, including the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival. Timothy had won the Bell and Aria awards for best jazz album as a member of Australian pianist Andrea Keller’s group. Timothy’s collaborative work has spanned dance, installation, poetry, and sculpture to film. He is currently a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, researching Deleuze – composing with improvised music.

Artist’s link - http://www.timodwyer.com/tim/

Fung Sheong Ying (A.K.A Awk Wah, Wu Wei, Cuba), a percussionist improviser who lives and works in Singapore. Fung had completed his studies in SAE International Technological College (Singapore) in 1998 and have since been actively producing and performing cutting-age music and experimental sonic projects. The artist’s exceptional playing style has created a cornerstone in the realm of experimental music sensibility in Singapore, as a versatile solo performer (the artist was formerly known as Shark Fung) as well as performing collectively in Amino Acid Orchestra and other collaborative sound initiatives. Fung has released ‘Opera Box’ last year (2011), a CD album filled with the artist’s rhythm-based inclination, recorded thoroughly with contact microphones mostly of the artist’s primary instrument, the drum, his unorthodox ways for playing with the drum is a refreshing assertion of the developing styles and diverse advancement in the experimental music genre of Singapore.

Artist’s link - http://www.discogs.com/artist/Shark+Fung