Miji Festival Screening: Kikoe
Jan 6, 2013 Sunday 10:30
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Admission is Free. Reservation is required.
Director,Producer,Scenario,Photography,Editor: Iwai Chikara
Language: Japanese（including English,French etc）/English Subtitle
Kikoe is a creative documentary with the Japanese avant-garde musician and composer Otomo Yoshihide in the centre. His particular, improvisatory style and way of thinking and playing are echoed in the style of this free-spirited documentary, which includes interviews and performances by DJ Spooky, Jan Svankmajer, Jonas Mekas, Adachi Masao, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Fred Frith, and many others.
This music documentary is not only about noise. Kikoe is noise. Nowhere in the world is noise, extremely experimental music, taken so seriously as in Japan. And Otomo Yoshihide is one of the great noise masters. No one makes noise as well as he does.
Film maker Iwai Chikara: ‘This is a document of a system observed from a fixed point, and the point is the musician Otomo Yoshihide. It is a gesture, arbitrary yet perfect, as though connecting stars with lines and giving a name to the constellation.’
Otomo Yoshihide (1959, Yokohama) was already making electrical devices such as a radio and an electronic oscillator before high school. After high school he started playing rock and jazz on guitar. It wasn’t long, however, before he became a free jazz aficionado, listening to artists like Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and Derek Bailey and various Japanese free jazz artists, notably the alto sax player Abe Kaoru and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi.... Read More
Free admission, No need for reservation.