YOSHI & TASHI WADA
Composer and instrument builder Yoshi Wada and his son Tashi Wada present an evening-length performance using a loose structure and a mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments that includes: sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes, reed organ, and percussion. In Yoshi Wada’s own words: “I search for deep and ringing sound that travels deep into my cells. Where does this sound exist?”
Yoshi Wada is a composer and artist associated with the downtown New York experimental art scene of the last fifty years. Wada was born in 1943 in Kyoto, Japan. He studied sculpture at the Kyoto University of Fine Arts, and then moved to New York in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, Wada began building homemade musical instruments and writing compositions for them based on his personal research in timbre, resonance, and improvisation with the overtone series. He studied music composition with La Monte Young, North Indian singing with Pandit Pran Nath, and Scottish bagpipe with James McIntosh and Nancy Crutcher. His recorded works are published by Japanese record labels EM Records and Omega Point.
Tashi Wada grew up in New York and lives in Los Angeles. He presents his music often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis and Stephan Mathieu, in addition to performing regularly with his father.