FRKWYS Vol. 14
Nue With Tashi Wada, Yoshi Wada, Julia Holter, & Corey Fogel
+ Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton's Music and Poetry of the Kesh Featuring Todd Barton and the Kesh Ensemble: Sophia Brous, Okwui Okpokwasili, Judith Berkson, Sara Serpa, & Corey Fogel
The Brooklyn-based record label RVNG Intl. for forward-reaching artists is curating a series of concerts at the nexus of classic sensibility and contemporary sentimentality.
In Japanese, the 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, bare and exposed, raw and essential. This uneasy duality underlies Nue, the new album from composer Tashi Wada and his father Yoshi Wada, himself an early member of the wildly experimental Fluxus movement in the 1960s. Released as part of the FRKWYS series of intergenerational projects, this rare studio collaboration ranges from minimalist bagpipes to otherworldly vocals, creating, in Tashi Wada’s words, “a vision, an endless night of dreams, and a personal history of sorts, full of joys and demons”.
The Wadas will share the evening with Music and Poetry of the Kesh, a unique album of songs and poetry sung in an invented language and played on invented instruments. Originally released as a cassette companion to revered science-fiction author Ursula K LeGuin’s 1985 novel Always Coming Home in collaboration with synthesist and composer Todd Barton, the work will be performed live in this special concert by Barton and The Kesh Ensemble, led by music director Sophia Brous alongside Okwui Okpokwasili (Bronx Gothic, Electric Lucifer), Judith Berkson, Sara Serpa, and Corey Fogel.
By turns chimerical and raw, whimsical and mysterious, this is not an event to be missed.