To achieve a new form of music beyond simply “Asia,” or to explore unexpected possibilities — these three artists have come from different backgrounds and built their careers in different urban environments. However, their work is loosely bound by their use of multiple and combined styles of music, the singularity of their unique visions, and an expressive approach that gives their work a sense of universality.
Ngọc Đại from Hanoi sings chansons that are charged with political criticism and demand freedom of expression. Senyawa from Yogyakarta have analyzed the semiotics of Western and Japanese experimental music and established a style that is sprinkled with elements from their own culture. Their recent success on many continents speaks to the fact that the uniqueness of their music can be relevant to audiences across the world. Jen Shyu from New York, in spite of her jazz background, researched folk music in many regions of Asia and created her own imaginary musical style that belongs neither to the East and West. She is of Asian ancestry, and her process of musical invention coincides with her own soul-searching.
Born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. As a curator, he has continuously curated tours and exhibitions of such artists as Gozo Yoshimasu, Akio Suzuki, Yoshihide Otomo, Kanta Horio and Fuyuki Yamakawa in North America, including Time-Based Art Festival in Portland and The Kitchen in New York.