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Concert: Shodekeh w/ Max Bent, Seconds, Ami Yamasaki

photo credit: Ryan Stevenson

photo credit: Ryan Stevenson

Sunday, February 25th      8:00 pm        ~ $10

Shodekeh is a professional beat boxer and vocal percussionist who has been performing and honing his craft since age nine. By channeling the aural concepts of various instruments and soundscapes, he’s able to vocalize the many dynamic emulations of everything from drum sets, synthesizers, turntables, congas, horns and bass guitars to ocean waves, sleigh bells, crickets and helicopters. Shodekeh is the founding director of “Embody, A Music Series of the Vocal Arts,” which strives for artistic and cultural unity through the many vocal traditions from the world from opera, throat singing, to beat boxing. For this performance he will be joined by fellow beatboxer Max Bent.

Seconds  - Stephen F. Lilly and Stacey Mastrian are core members of The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective, a group of composer-performer-improvisers who utilize conventional instruments (often unconventionally), spoken and sung voice, computers, and found objects. Their boundary-pushing art showcases indeterminacy, theatre, movement, digital media, and an inventive use of space. Founded in 2001 at the University of Maryland College Park, The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective has performed in more than three dozen states in the U.S.; BC and QC, Canada; France; Germany; Indonesia; Italy; and the Netherlands.

Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and multimedia artist from Tokyo. Her work is diverse and prolific, creating installations, performances, and films in a variety of settings, most recently as part of the performance “Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods” at the Japan Society of New York. Solo performances include “Signs of Voices” (2016, Kyoto Art Center, Japan), “Voice, Boundary, Gravity”(2017, Cathy Weis Project),“Experimental Intermedia 2017”(played with Yasunao Tone, curated by Phill Niblock). She has participated in numerous group shows, including “Tokyo Experimental Festival 9” (2014, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan), “Exchange-planting a seed” (2013, Aomori Contemporary Art center, Japan) and “Sonic City 2013 Liquid Architecture” (2013, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia). She frequently collaborates, working with Keiji Haino, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yasunao Tone. She has lead workshops at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, Arts Maebashi, and Sapporo City Kojo School, as well as a variety of television and film appearances, including narration and voice for “MORIBITO Ⅱ” (NHK, 2017) and Hayao Miyazaki’s latest short film (Ghibli, 2017). She presented at TEDx Tokyo in 2016.In 2017 she was an Asian Cultural Council fellow based in New York City. In 2018 she is a residence artist at RhizomeDC in Washington DC and Asian Fellow of Asia Center of Japan Foundation in Phillippines.