12.12.2006

Cold Flashlights, Warm Candles, and Death




My friend Tako Oda will be performing from about 7 - 7:30pm in the Chapel of the Chimes Winter solstice celebration -- four hours of candle light, experimental music, video, spoken word, and architectural wonderment. Flashlights are encouraged to guide you through this unusual maze in Oakland's most beautiful columbarium, crematorium, mausoleum, and funeral home (used for many a photo shoot). Chapel of the Chimes was recently named the "most desired cremation venue." The structure was rebuilt in 1928, based on designs by Julia Morgan.

The main event is Thurs, Dec 21st from 6-10 pm, at 4499 Piedmont Ave, in Oakland, CA.

Tako plans to perform music written by his favorite composer, Fumio Hayasaka, who wrote the score to Sansho the Bailiff, Ugetsu, and many other Mizoguchi, and Kurosawa films.

In addition to the Hayasaka cycle, he'll be playing his new homemade wind chime instrument (with an ABS tube frame designed by his daughter!), a cycle for slide mandolin and countertenor by Music for People & Thingamajigs founder Dylan Bolles, John Cage's "Ryoanji", and Sinead O'Connor's "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got".


Although it hasn't been confirmed, he will most likely be on KPFA 94.1 with a couple of other musicians this Thurs, somewhere between 10 - 11am to help promote the event, in which case he'll preview some of the Hayasaka.

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