YUNOHANA VARIATIONS: ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE, SUSIE IBARRA & YOSHIMIO
with support from SAM WEAVER
Excited to announce the second in a series of special live shows taking place at Fuse Art Space, curated through OUTLANDS; a new national experimental touring network. This event, which has been selected by Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, sees three improvisational luminaries; multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO, SAICOBAB), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) performing together as Yunohana Variations, for the first time in the UK.
YoshimiO is a drummer and member of the revolutionary group Boredoms. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth), and most recently the vocalist in SAICOBAB.
Susie Ibarra, is one of the most significant percussionists and composers of our time, known for her work as a performer within contemporary, avant-garde, jazz, classical, and world music, and performs in the band Dreamtime Ensemble. Ibarra studied with jazz luminaries Earl Buster Smith (of Sun Ra Arkestra), Vernel Fournier and Milford Graves, and Philippine Kulintang gong-chime music with Danongan Kalanduyan. She has performed with the likes of John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Yo La Tengo, Ikue Mori, and recent works include a sound installation for Ai Weiwei.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is strongly rooted in exploration of moments and the hypnagogic state. Movement and gesture play key roles within this process, and in the performance realm are focused on voice and modular synthesizer. A fixture of Chicago’s experimental music community throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Robert has also performed under the name Lichens, is a member of the legendary band Om, and has an impressive portfolio of collaborations, which extends to the film world with his score for pseudo-documentary 'A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness', directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (which Robert also appears in).
All three musicians come from divergent aesthetic backgrounds, yet through their collaborative work they, together, "enjoy crossing into various sonic territories" (Susie Ibarra).
The trio's previous collaborations have resulted in the album Flowers Of Sulphur, released on Thrill Jockey in February this year.
SAM WEAVER is a composer and sound artist who uses the studio as a laboratory for sonic investigation and production. He is often re-routing instruments into abstraction and deliberately misusing his equipment: the Hordjik analogue modular synthesizer.
He is one half of London outfit Hungryghost, and has recorded and performed with Charles Hayward, Clive Bell, Danny Saul, Ecka Mordecai, Rachel Goodyear, Konstrukt, Tombed Visions, Gnod and Kevin Drumm. His music exists between acousmatic music, free improvisation and experimental electronics, seeking to explore dynamics of sonic harmony and chaos. Sam is one of three directors facilitating ‘Sines & Squares’ festival in association with NOVARS Research Centre (University of Manchester).
As part of the OUTLANDS initiative, this tour also features an interconnected engagement programme in the form of a free workshop taking place prior to the concert, led by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (please go to the workshop listing in our upcoming events section for more info).
Commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Supersonic Festival and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
OUTLANDS is a national experimental music touring network.