AME presents: Miki Yui / Ben Gwilliam and Ryoko Akama
AME presents the first UK tour from Miki Yui, a Japanese musician who has worked with Rolf Julius, Carl Stone (Realistic Monk) and the former husband Klaus Dinger. Support comes in the form of the new duo project from Ben Gwilliam + Ryoko Akama.
Miki Yui (solo)
Miki Yui is a Japanese artist based in Düsseldorf. Delicate signals, from a tiny hiss to a distant hum are crafted into unhurried pieces of music charged with narrative tension. Ever since her first album in 1999 she developed her own unique style of music composition of and recorded sounds of objects or of emvironments woven into abstract landscapes. Her new album "oscilla" is airy and sparse, reduced in no metric pace. Like an imaginary place where oscillas, Godzillas? growing plants or other oscillating creatures tell each other their travelogue and phantastic stories.
Ben Gwilliam + Ryoko Akama (duo)
Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation and performance. His practice uses the mechanics of media to reflect upon the contexts for reception. His curiosity about sound and image production shifts perception of time, often looking at the reframing of listening. He has exhibited and performed internationally in spaces including La casa Encendida Madrid, The Cornerhouse Manchester, Artists Unlimited Bielefeld, Modern Art Oxford, and FACT Liverpool. Gwilliam has published material via many labels and imprints, his work is also held in international collections. His music draws upon plastic materials, from open reel tape, light bulbs toice. Gwilliam is currently studying for a PhD in SARU at Oxford Brookes.
Ryoko Akama is a sound artist/composer/performer who approaches situations that magnify temporal/spatial experience with silence, time and space. She works with electronics and daily objects such as balloons and bottles, creating small occurrences and ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. She also composes text scores and performs a diversity of alternative scores in collaboration with international artists. She runs melange edition label and co-edits reductive journal / mumei publishing.