Kazuya Nagaya (JP)
Kazuya Nagaya uses bronze bells, gongs and singing bowls which are mostly used in Buddhist or Hindu rituals in Tibet, Bali and Japan. He creates unique ambient music by mixing these sacred instruments with modern instruments such as keyboards and electric guitars.
The giant bells found in Japanese temples are rung each New Year’s eve. The sound is believed to purify and wash away the cares of this mortal world, and crowds flock to listen in reverent silence. What they listen for, however, is not the sound at the moment the bell is struck, but rather the fading sound that follows. As the sound fades away, simultaneously, the depth of their own silence grows even greater. In this way, the sound of the bell makes people aware of the profound silence — and richness — lying within themselves. It is silence of a depth fundamentally identical to that which is engendered through meditation or Zen.
The temple bell, meditation and Zen are all ways of penetrating into the depths of one’s self.
Jean-‐François Pedno aka. Metametric is a musician and composer based in Montreal. Since the early 1990s, he has dabbled in a plethora of vastly dissimilar musical worlds. Pedno was already known as an esteemed chamber-‐music player, percussionist, and improv musician at that time. He composed original music for more than fifty theatre and dance productions. In 2002, he produced his first electronic solo album “Unexpected Areas” as Jeff Nô. In 2010, he produced his second electronic solo album “Durations” as Metametric. His music has been played live in Canada, USA, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Colombia, Italy and France, Belgium, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Japan.
For their new sound installation and live performance Kazuya and Metametric combine the traditional Orin singing bowls with contemporary electronic music. The two artists will be performing surrounded by approximately 500 Orin singing bowls, which are arranged in a circular formation, and will find themselves amidst the bowls to let them ring, while adding the laptop as an additional instrument.
The characteristic sound of the Orin is marked by its long-lasting afterglow, which creates a beautiful and introspective atmosphere, through its quiet and delicate sound. Through merging with the electronic sounds a new form of beauty fills the room. The combination of old and new, traditional and modern expands towards new horizons.
Presented thanks to the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts.