Playing anarchically with sound and language
Founded in 2005 in Kobe, artist group The Otoasobi Project (oto = sound; asobi = play) brings together members of different generations, who include members with intellectual disabilities, to create and perform together. On top of running their bimonthly workshops in Kobe, the group has performed actively across Japan, as well as in the UK. The artist group‛s work has received attention as a new form of collaboration and expression that goes beyond disability and non-disability.
The Otoasobi Project‛s activities have largely revolved around performances, particularly ensemble sessions with a focus on free and improvisational music. But for Kyoto Experiment, they‛re tackling a wholly new style of work—a “session of sound and language”—in collaboration with Seiko Ito, a pioneer of the Japanese hip hop scene who has also made a name for himself as an author and on TV and radio. The Otoasobi Project‛s freewheeling, unpredictable music, combined with Ito‛s rap and his razor-sharp yet somewhat laid-back use of language, is sure to present new possibilities for performance.
- #improvisational music
3.13 (Sat) Day 1 18:00
3.14 (Sun) Day 2 14:00 ★
Doors open 60min. prior to the performance.
Duration: 120 min
The Otoasobi Project
Formed in 2005, The Otoasobi Project is a large group of artists including members with intellectual disabilities. Based in Kobe they hold workshops twice a month through which various forms of new musical expressions are born. While mainly performing in the Kansai Region, they have also performed in Tokyo, Mito, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Hokkaido and the U.K. In 2013 they were featured on NHK during their U.K. tour. The group's music which allows no fixed-harmony has astounded audiences. In February 2019 they were invited to NHK Hall Osaka for the public broadcast of NHK E-Tele Program ‘Baribara - Barrier Free Variety’ to perform in front of 1200 people.
Born in Tokyo in 1961, Seiko Ito is novelist, lyricist and rapper. His debut novel No-life King was published in 1988. He was awarded the 15th Kodansha Essay Award for Botanical Life in 1999 and was awarded the 35th Noma Literary and New Artist Award for Imaginary Radio. Recent publications include Kon'ya, warai no kazu o kazoemashou (2019), Do wasure shodō (2020) and Shōsetsu kinshi-rei ni sandō suru (2020). In parallel to his writing, he has also performed numerous times with Akio Miyazawa, Naoto Takenaka and City Boys among others. Through his music activities, he has made hip-hop culture widely known to Japan and is one of the pioneers of Japanese rap. He is currently active as Kuchiroro and Seiko Ito is the Poet. He also appears regularly on TV programs ‘Bit World’ (NHK E-Tele) and ‘Freestyle Teacher’ (TV Asahi).
The Otoasobi Project (Shiori Aoki, Yui Iiyama, Makoto Inada, Ayako Udo, Masaru Kada, Risa Kanazawa, Kana Kuroiwa, Yuta Goto, Tomoki Sakaguchi, Masaru Suzuki, Ayako Sekimoto, Masahiro Takayama, Yuri Tomisaka, Takafumi Nagai, Emiko Nakaoji, Atsushi Nishitani, Maki Hashimoto, Masaru Fujimoto, Yuka Miyoshi, Momoka Miyazaki, Taisei Mori, Ali Morimoto, Masaharu Yoshimi, Miwa Watase )
Stage Manager: Masaya Natsume
Lighting: Yukiko Yoshimoto (Mahiru)
Sound: Ryo Yoshida
In co-operation with CUBE.Inc., Kyoto Prefectural Citizens‛ Hall ALTI Production: The Otoasobi Project
Co-production: Kyoto Experiment
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [Intergenerational Thinking], Arts Support Kansai
Presented by Kyoto Experiment