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Tashi Wada Group ft. Julia Holter + Cory Fogel Auckland Show Announced

Tashi Wada Group ft. Julia Holter + Cory Fogel Auckland Show Announced

Tuesday 8th January, 2019 9:33AM

Los Angeles-based experimental composer Tashi Wada is gathering together his new group featuring US avant-pop artist Julia Holter and percussionist Cory Fogel for a special headline event at Auckland Unitarian Church in late January. They'll be performing material from Wada's forthcoming album Nue, a collection of works created in collaboration with his father, Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada, presenting "reimagined forms of ancient and devotional music, psychoacoustics, and non-equal tempered tunings," due out this year via exploratory Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. Holter is currently riding a wave of acclaim for her kaleidoscopic latest album Aviary, Wada's show follows the day after Holter's hugely anticipated headline performance at Auckland's Tuning Fork this month. Brought to you by the indefatigable folk at the Audio Foundation, tickets for this limited capacity event are sure to fly out the door, we recommend you get in quick. Scope out the details here...

Tashi Wada Group
Friday 25th January - Unitarian Church, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR 

Watch the dazzling video for 'Fanfare' from Nue...

Experience the mesmerising clip for 'Mutable Signs' from Nue...

Press release:

Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel performing music from Wada's new album “Nue” out this fall on Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl. “Nue” draws on aspects of Wada’s background, among them reimagined forms of ancient and devotional music, psychoacoustics, and non-equal tempered tunings. In Japanese, ‘nue’ is a mythological chimera with the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger, and the tail of a snake. In French, ‘nue’ means naked— stripped of complexity, bare and exposed, but also raw and essential. This duality underlies “Nue.” As an experience, “Nue” subtly navigates the interactions, intimacy and spaciousness between the group. Released as part of RVNG Intl’s FRKWYS series of intergenerational projects, this collaboration ranges from minimalist bagpipes to otherworldly vocals, creating, in Wada’s words, “a vision, an endless night of dreams, and a personal history of sorts, full of joys and demons.” From the doubling of tones—and the world of harmonic nuances such an action produces—to the rich interplay between individual musicians, all baring their own personalities and experiences through shared performance, Wada’s compositions allow space for these elements to join and grow. The multipartite creature that is an ensemble melds in the simplicity and purity of the music itself.

Tashi Wada is a Los Angeles-based composer and performer whose works explore harmonic overtones, resonance, and dissonance through precise tuning and gradual change in pitch. Grounded in a belief that “music should be as direct as possible,” his compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. Working in relation to American experimental music, microtonal music, and so-called drone music, Wada’s practice is also informed by interdisciplinary performance and Fluxus-affiliated artists. He studied composition at CalArts with James Tenney, and has presented his work throughout the United States and Europe often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Julia Holter, and his father, composer Yoshi Wada. Wada’s music has been released by Yik Yak, De Stijl Records, and via his own imprint Saltern, which he runs from Los Angeles. His most recent album "Nue," is due out this fall on Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl.


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Julia Holter
Thu 24th Jan 8:00pm
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Tashi Wada Group
Fri 25th Jan 8:00pm
Unitarian Church, Auckland