ENSEMBLES ASIA is a collaborative project that connects the forefront of music with music-lovers, and shares the many possibilities and forms of music to the world. Initiated in 2014 with Otomo Yoshihide (musician and composer) as its Artistic Director, ENSEMBLES ASIA consists of the following three sub-projects.
Asian Music Network
Asian Music Network cultivates new networks among musicians interested in international collaborations within the emerging experimental and independent music scene in Asia. Live performances and contents of talk events with key musicians encountered through the project’s research are shared with the public on the website. Asian Music Network also organizes the Asian Meeting Festival that encourages the building of networks among musicians and festival organizers.
Takuro Mizuta Lippit / dj sniff (Turn tableist, DJ, Curator)
Yuen Chee Wai (Musician, Artist, Designer)
Asian Sounds Research
Investigating new expressions and experimentations in sound, Asian Sounds Research explores the intersection between music and art, discovering and generating musical forms of expressions which are yet to be recognized. This is carefully pursued with the local people in their local regions; the process is archived, and achievements are presented in “OPEN GATE – An ever-changing exhibition.”
Project Director: Sachiko M (Musician, Composer)
Ensembles Asia Orchestra
An open-to-all orchestra, Ensembles Asia Orchestra invites non-professional musicians to join and nurture the orchestral group through the process of workshops and performances. Investigating the many cultures of music generated by everyday lives in each Asian country, Ensembles Asia Orchestra pursues, with its collaborators, unique performance styles and methodologies that are specific to local cultures, encouraging an orchestral collective that is both musical and improvisational.
Project Director: Keiko Arima (Independent Curator)