Moderator: HATANAKA Minoru (ICC)
Open Salon Michael SNOW, Aki ONDA, Alan LICHT Special Talk “Beyond Music, Sound and Art”
Starting as a professional jazz pianist in the 1950s, Canadian Michael SNOW has since achieved fame as a visual artist, creating the iconic "Walking Woman" image in the 60s as well as the genre-defining structural film" Wavelength." He has continued to pursue music as a free improvisor, after arguably mid-wifing the form in the sessions for the soundtrack to his 1964 film "New York Eye and Ear Control" with Albert AYLER and others. SNOW has performed with Evan PARKER, Roswell RUDD, Derek BAILEY and Tony CONRAD as well as being a founding member of the CCMC (SNOW, Paul DUTTON and John OSWALD) and playing frequent solo concerts. His photography, videos, films, paintings, and sculpture continue to be exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
Aki ONDA is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. ONDA was born in Nara, Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" project - works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by ONDA over a span of more than two decades. ONDA's musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, ONDA often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His on-going collaborations include "Nervous Magic Lantern" with Ken JACOBS, site-specific happening with SUZUKI Akio, and audio-visual installation/performance with Raha RAISSNIA.
Alan LICHT has appeared on over 75 recordings that range from minimalist composition to indie rock to free improvisation. He is currently guitarist in Lee Ranaldo and the Dust and one-third of "talk rock" band Title TK with Cory ARCHANGEL and Howie CHEN. He is also the author of "Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories" (Rizzoli, 2007) and the editor of "Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" (Faber & Faber / W.W. Norton, 2012). A long-time fan of Michael SNOW, he interviewed him in the late 1990s and subsequently performed with him at festivals in Canada and Chicago. Around the same time, he began playing duos with Aki ONDA (an album "Everydays" was released by Family Vineyard in 2008) and was reminded of SNOW's filmmaking when he heard ONDA's 2003 album "Bon Voyage!"