“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few
desires.” – Lao Tzu
Hadaka is a series of four sound performances featuring acclaimed local
and international artists and producers. The central concept of Hadaka
is reduction and subtraction, hence its name: to strip down, to denude.
The four performances also correspond to the four-colour subtractive
model of the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) colour standard. By
tearing away the embellishments of structure in music – the ordered
configurations of tonality, melody and and rhythm – and reducing it to
its most primal elements, Hadaka represents a return, not so much to
the unchallenged notions of the past, but to the fundamentals of sense,
thought and action, privileging the exploration of basic sounds, raw
perception, and untutored collaboration above overformulated stylistics
or the mastery of forms.
An amorphous assemblage of human wills and ever-shifting meanings as
well as a sonic palette that ranges from the darkest to the exuberantly
physical, Hadaka resides within the nooks and shadows that punctuate
the line between music and sound, between art and thought, between
noise and non-noise, between randomness and design. While music is
commonly presented as fully-formed hierarchical compositions, the
performances in Hadaka use sound as basic concepts to construct
free-form rhizomatic fields, extending sound laterally and spatially.
Hadaka is conceived by Yuen Chee Wai, researched by Alwyn Lim and Alex
Goh, and produced by Vivian Wang.
Hadaka: C, the first in the series, presents world renown avant garde
improvisor, and one half of Japanese psychedelic / punk / free rock
duo, the Ruins, drummer and vocalist Yoshida Tatsuya. Also in Hadaka: C
is Dickson Dee, a sound artist from Hong Kong who also runs the
successful NoiseAsia label, and Koichi Shimizu, a sound artist from
Bangkok, who recently sound designed Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s critically
acclaimed new film, Invisible Waves. They will be joined by Timothy
O’Dwyer, Yuen Chee Wai and Zai Kuning.
The sequence of performance for the night emphasises on the
reductionist idea of Hadaka. The number of performers within the improv
units decreases from 3, to 2, to 1.
Performing in this order:
Zai Kuning, Tim O’Dwyer & Koichi Shimizu
Dickson Dee & Yuen Chee Wai
3 June 2006 (Saturday), 8pm
at the Singapore Art Museum, Auditorium
$15 tickets available at the door.
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Presented by sporesac with the support from the Singapore Art Museum.