March 19: Ikue Mori

For the next colloquium of the semester, held on March 19 (Tuesday), we are very pleased to welcome Japanese sound artist Ikue Mori, who will give a talk on the topic Find out how this work

The talk will start at 4:30 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: March 19, 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: Find out how this work


Ikue Mori will first give an historical introduction starting from 1977 with the downtown New York music scene, NO WAVE drummer band, improvisors and electronics composers. She will propose to the students to listen to various collaborations and solo music pieces and will talk about the transformation of the performance scene with the use of instruments, from drums, drum machines and laptop. She will finally demonstrate how to perform with Max patch and control visuals, proposing a short live performance while watching the computer window of the Max patch activity.


Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright.

DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80’s Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style.

During the 90’s she has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music.

In 1998, she was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also “One hundred Aspects of the Moon” commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. She was commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece “Aphorism”, also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship.

In 2003 she was commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren’s silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn.


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