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Yoshi Wada and Tashi Wada

Christina Coene

Yoshi Wada & Tashi Wada 

When: Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: RSVP at yoshiwadatashiwada.eventbrite.com
Yoshi Wada was born and raised in Japan, but he belongs to an American minimalist lineage that includes La Monte Young, Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, and Rhys Chatham. Like them he bypassed the complex structures of mid-20th-century concert music to work with simpler forms, precisely placed pitches, and long tonal durations, to hypnotic effect. Wada, now 72 years old, was particularly drawn to bagpipes and organs, some of which he made himself with plumbing fittings and donated organ tubes powered by an air compressor. Droning reeds erect massive walls of sound on the two LPs Wada released during the 1980s, Lament for the Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile (India Navigation) and Off the Wall (FMP). Beginning with his hour-long 1987 piece The Appointed Cloud, Wada focused on making sound installations that didn’t require his presence, and while he documented them, he didn’t make any more albums of new material (in 2007 the Japanese Em label did launch a series of reissues and archival works). More recently Wada has been performing again, this time with his son, composer Tashi Wada, who’s released three records of minimalist compositions for strings. The two men use bagpipes, reed organ, sirens, and tone generators to play loosely structured pieces that foster pockets of richly detailed tonal clashes within broad, monochromatic expanses of sound.
— Bill Meyer

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