Events & Exhibits


New horizons in sound and movement with

Saturday March 6, 7:30pm $7

Adachi Chen Chikako
Tomomi Adachi Audrey Chen Chikako Iwahori

New Horizons in Sound and Movement is a series of evening programs devoted to multicultural and multifaceted performances, occuring semi-annually at the WAH Center. This inaugual performance showcases three artists who are collaborating for the first time. “Completely improvised, this particular event investigates a mutual relationships between sounds and movements, where movements make sounds and sounds lead movements.”

About the Artists:

Tomomi Adachi is a performer/composer, sound poet, instrument maker, performance and installation artist living in Japan. Known for his versatile style, Adachi has performed improvised music and contemporary music in various venues in Japan, Europe, United States, Australia, Canada, Korea and China, such as the The National Museum of Art (Osaka), Centre Pompidou (Paris), STEIM (Amsterdam), Fylkingen (Stockholm), Experimental Intermedia (New York) and the Merkin Hall (New York). As the only Japanese sound poetry performer, he performed Kurt Schwitters's "Ursonate" as a Japan premiere in 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. He also directed Japanese premiere of John Cage's "Europera5" in 2007 at the Sutory Hall in Tokyo.

imageHis solo albums include "sparkling materialism" (naya records), and Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus "yo"(Tzadik). Adachi's video works and kinetic installations have also been shown in Europe and Japan.Recently, he is focusing on solo performances with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments, sound poetry using unknown Japanese sound poetry tradition, video installations and big ensemble that incorporate with non-professional voice and instruments. Adachi is currently visiting New York as a grantee of Asian Cultural Council.

Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born outside of Chicago in 1976. . After years of classical and conservatory training in cello and voice, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synth, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Some current projects include: duos with Phil Minton, Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen, Katt Hernandez, Nate Wooley, and Id M Theft Able. Trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh. Plus three new quartet projects with Jeff Carey/Morten J. Olsen/Raed Yassin, Miya Masaoka/Hans Grusel/Kenta Nagai and also with Frederic Blondy/Michael Johnsen/Jerome Noetinger.

Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD USA but primarily maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe.

Chikako Iwahori is originally from Tokyo, Japan. Chikako moved to New York City in 1995. A much sought after, versatile performer, Chikako has been performing with many tap dance companies such as Max Pollak's, "Rumba Tap", a unique mix of Afro Cuban music and dance, tap & body percussion. "Barbara Duffy & Company", an all women's tap company, Heather Cornell's, "Manhattan Tap" and was a founding member of Irena Koloseus's, "Feraba-African Rhythm Tap Company". Chikako is touring internationally with all these groups. Aside from being a dancer, Chikako is a percussionist and vocalist in the band called "Beat the Donkey", led by world famous percussionist Cyro Baptista. The band has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the world, such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Festival d'Agadir in Morocco.