Michiyo Yagi & Carl Stone Duo

Lady Jane

May 29 (Sun), 2022

5-31-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Door opens 18:00, music from 18:30

¥3000 adv., ¥3500 door (plus 1 drink min.)

Tel: 03-3412-2947

Michiyo Yagi: electric 21-string koto, voice
Carl Stone: laptop



Distant Pairs: Michiyo Yagi & Jan Bang


 AvanTokyo and ISSUE Project Room are pleased to present a new collaboration between Japanese improviser, composer, and koto player Michiyo Yagi and Norwegian musician, record producer and professor Jan Bang. The duo’s new work will stream on AvanTokyo and ISSUE’s sites.

 Notes from Michiyo Yagi regarding “Through a Looking Glass,” her collaboration with Jan Bang:“Like many musicians the world over, I have been forced to work in a confined space during the past two years, whether performing for a virtual audience I am unable to see/feel or teaching masked students whose expressions are no longer readable. Although my music incorporates some electronics, it is essentially about a primitive acoustic instrument with a tiny sound trying to be heard around the world, and the Pandemic has been a stifling wall. Who, then, could be a better partner for this project than Jan Bang, whose multifarious career has largely been about breaking down walls? With these thoughts in mind, I sent Jan a set of improvisations and short compositions, imagining he would filter them in various ways — adding to or subtracting from the raw material, distorting/clarifying the components through his kaleidoscopic imagination, and ultimately unifying them in that unique sonic environment for which he is renowned.” — Michiyo Yagi

 During the Winter, 2022, AvanTokyo and ISSUE are continuing to commission artists as part of the Distant Pairs series, producing collaborative work at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted their ability to travel and perform, and altered the nature of collective work and performance. Pairing artists in disparate locations who cannot work together in “traditional” ways, the Distant Pairs series examines the collaborative process, methods of working, and partnership amidst these constrained conditions.

 AvanTokyo looks beyond anime and idols, probing Japan’s ‘live houses’ and experimental venues, where creators push new forms of expression unreached by mainstream media. Offering Japanese artists performance and residency opportunities in New York, AvanTokyo facilitates cultural interactions between Japan and the United States.


 Founded in 2003, ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering nonprofit performance center, presenting projects by interdisciplinary artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. ISSUE serves as a leading cultural incubator, facilitating the commission and premiere of innovative new works.  

 2003年に設立された非営利のパフォーマンスセンター、ISSUE Project Roomは幅広いコミュニティの中でカテゴリーを超えた学際的でイノベーティブな挑戦をするアーティスト達に委託作品の機会を提供する文化的インキュベーターとしての役割を果たしています。


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