performs Cosmic Rhythm>
with Doug Wieselman, Dan Rieser, azumi O E, and Marton “Juice” Gabor
7pm doors • 8pm show
Warped piano sounds, haunting synths, and dazzling visual projections combine to form Cosmic Rhythm, a unique immersive performance that spotlights moments of shared consciousness. Grounded in Japanese culture and noise music, this show features live dance from international Butoh star azumi O E, groundbreaking visuals from stage designer Marton “Juice” Gabor, and a new composition bubbling with otherworldly harmonies and textures from composer Takuya Nakamura, featuring multi-instrumentalist Doug Wieselman and drummer Dan Rieser. Presented by Sienna Berritto, Cosmic Rhythm holds audiences spellbound in a moment of spontaneous creation.
azumi O E was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She is a former principal dancer of New York-based Butoh company Vangeline Theatre, with whom she performed for over 8 years, and was an assistant choreographer/main dancer for several of Butoh master Katsura Kan’s world tours. Her own solo work has been presented in New York, Boulder, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Stuttgart, and Kyoto. azumi is constantly engaged in a wide range of collaborative and solo projects, including her work as a performer/choreographer for video artist and sculptor Katja Loher and visual/performance artist Ayakamay, collaborative work for MARCK’s video art and live performances, a duo project with bassist Sean Ali, and a trio with composer Takuya Nakamura and 3D-mapping stage visualist Martin “Juice" Gabor, as well as interactive tech/sound/stage-visual projects, experimental films, music videos, and much more.
Born into an artistic family, Marton “Juice” Gabor spent most of his time as a kid in painting and sculpting studios. He started to draw and take photos as a teenager. After high school, he became an assistant to the famous photographer Karoly Szelenyi and worked as intern in the Chrome Studio as a graphic designer. He worked as part of the first cycle messenger crew in Budapest and studied at MOME University of Arts and Crafts, where he earned a Media Design Diploma with honors. While still an undergrad, Gabor co-founded Urbanizer Visual crew with Zsiga Bernathy. The crew is one of the first and most prominent VJ crew of Budapest.
Gabor became famous for the visuals he created for concerts, parties, fashion shows, and festivals. He was a designer in the Solid graphic design studio. Touring with bands and solo performances all over Europe, he co-founded and organized VJ Battle, a seasonal VJ meeting and visual jam session. Active as part of messenger life in Budapest, he made designs for races and events, taking part in organizing international messenger races like ECMC and CMWC.
Turning toward new art forms as a VJ at theater shows, fashion shows, and live cinema, Gabor earned his green card and moved to New York City, where he started to work for visual studio Glowing Bulbs making building mappings in the US. After touring with Grammy-winning solo artist Dana Leong overseas, Gabor returned to NYC to create concert visual and stage design for Les Nubians. Recently, he provided the stage mapping for the Output Club NYC for a monthly event series called Grayscale with VJ friend Farkas Fulop. He is also creating digital photo montages for exhibitions of street photography. Current projects include projection mapping in NYC at parties for Forest Dark, Sonic Jungle, SOUQ NYC. He is the proud father of three amazing sons.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Takuya Nakamura has been playing piano, various electronic keyboards and trumpet for decades throughout the world.
Born into a musical family in Tokyo, Japan, Takuya began performing at an early age. He studied at Kunitachi College of Music and earned his Bachelor’s in Music Composition. After he finished his studies in Tokyo, Nakamura moved to Boston to study under George Russell at the New England Conservatory of Music and earned his Master’s degree in composition/jazz performance.
While at the New England Conservatory, he studied piano and improvisation with Paul Blay and Gerri Allen and trumpet with Tim Morrison (Boston Symphony Orchestra). He performed at festivals at Jordan Hall in Boston with John Cage (1991) and György Ligeti (1992). Takuya continued his studies with master classes and lectures by Toru Takemitsu, Hermeto Pascoa, and Muhal Richard.
Takuya performed as an opening act for the Sun Ra Arkestra, one of the most important and instantly recognizable free jazz ensembles in the world. Other performances during this period include projects working with Steve Drully (Experimental Contemporary Music) as well as John Zorn’s Cobra at the Knitting Factory, NY. Takuya also toured the United States with George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra.
In 1994, Takuya moved to New York and became an integral and sought-after part of NYC’s vibrant music scene. With his diverse background, he has distinguished himself in his compositions and performances by fusing uncommon styles of music. His live performances excite both audiences and critics alike. Takuya has performed with such notables as George Russell and Arto Lindsay. He has performed at festivals with György Ligeti, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, and Robert Wilson. World tours include the bands CocoRosie and Jojo Mayer. Additional studio projects include remixes for Quincy Jones.
With his interest in exploring harmony and theory in music, Takuya was introduced to the Lydian chromatic concept by George Russell, as well as through works and interviews from Toru Takemitsu, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans. Takuya’s latest project featuring piano with live electric manipulation is called "Piano Warp", solo piano collaboration with multimedia dance and interactive visuals.
Drummer Dan Rieser has been a part of the NYC music community for 25 years, and spends a lot of his time exploring roots music, often collaborating with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Valerie June, Smokey Hormel, and Norah Jones and the Little Willies. He also likes to mix it up with punk-post-jazzers like Chris Lightcap’s Superette and SuperBigMouth, TakuhX, Youn Sun Nah, and Jenny Scheinman.
As a vital force in the New York music scene and a founding member of the Kamikaze Ground Crew, reed player Doug Wieselman has been an intrepid adventurer in the world of sound. Nowhere has that been more clear than on this new solo recording, in which his clarinets, played through a loop pedal and a Fender amp, singularly and quietly present a world rich with the sensation of personal intimacy.