IHJ Artists’ Forum

IHJ sponsors the IHJ Artists Forums series to provide a venue for the US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow to present their works and meet other artists. The I-House also produces occasional concerts and artistic events to promote mutual cultural understanding between Japan and the rest of the world.

 

[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Live concert + fieldwork video screening]
Projecting Tradition into the Future & the Creative Voice Within

  • Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Artist: Jen Shyu (Composer, Vocalist, Multi-instrumentalist, Dancer, Producer; US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow)
  • Language: English (with consecutive interpretation)
  • Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) 
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)
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Shyu will offer the audience a window into her creative process with a lecture and video screening of her extensive fieldwork in traditional music, dance and ritual from her parents' native countries of East Timor and Taiwan, along with her research in Indonesia, Korea and Japan. She will talk specifically about her current research into noh and biwa and how learning aspects of these traditions has influenced her original music and theatrical works. Shyu will perform excerpts from her last solo work Nine Doors as well as excerpts from Zero Grasses (work-in-progress). Photo: Steven Schreiber

Jen Shyu: 2019 USA Fellow, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, US-Japan Creative Artists Fellow, Fulbright scholar, groundbreaking multilingual vocalist-composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer JEN SHYU (徐秋雁) has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). She’s worked with Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, and many others, and was the first female and vocalist as band leader on Pi Recordings. Her last two albums on Pi (Song of Silver Geese, Sounds and Cries of the World) landed in the “Top 10 Best Albums" of 2017 and 2015 by The New York Times, NPR, etc. A Stanford University graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she’s performed her music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Poetry Reading & Talk]
Intercultural Chronometry: Time in and Across Anglophone and Japanese Poetics

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Artist: Derek Gromadzki (Poet/Translator; US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow)
  • Language: English (with consecutive interpretation; original texts will be provided)
  • Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) 
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)

Derek Gromadzki will discuss and read from his book in progress, Horology. He will highlight how the work he undertook with Sayuri Okamoto translating excerpts from Gozo Yoshimasu’s Naked Memos and editing the companion notes to Yoshimasu’s poetry for Alice, Iris, Red Horse (New Directions, 2016) piqued his interest in poetry as a temporally dynamic medium of expression, which in turn drew his attention to the differences and similarities among intercultural conceptions of time and means of timekeeping, the basis of Horology, his second book. Gromadzki will give an overview of the time he spent in Japan researching and conducting interviews with artisans, writers, and academics as a JUSFC Fellow, which will address the influential role of Japanese chrono-culture in his latest project before reading excerpts from it and answering audience questions.

[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Lecture&Performance]
Talking Machine

  • *This event now concluded.
  • Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Artist: Robert Millis (Sound Artist / Researcher; US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow)
  • Language: English (with consecutive interpretation)
  • Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) 
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)

Robert Millis spent a year in India as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar photographing and researching collections of shellac 78 rpm records (in Japan: “SP records” ). He will present an illustrated lecture about the early history and culture of recording in Asia and about his two recent books on Sublime Frequencies Indian Talking Machine and Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road. The lecture will feature recordings of rare 78 rpm records and film Millis shot of life and music in India. Indian Talking Machine is about collecting music and sound in India; for Paris to Calcutta, Millis compiled recordings of famed musicologist Deben Bhattacharya, who drove a van from Paris through the Middle East and into India, making astounding recordings of traditional music along the way.

Indian Talking Machine Paris to Culcutta

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[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Live concert + fieldwork video screening]
Projecting Tradition into the Future & the Creative Voice Within
[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Poetry Reading & Talk]
Intercultural Chronometry: Time in and Across Anglophone and Japanese Poetics
[IHJ Artists’ Forum/Lecture&Performance]
Talking Machine

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