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Sat, Jun 01


The Rotunda

*Calligraphonic- Setsuhi Shiraishi x Toshi Makihara, Ann Adachi Group

Acclaimed Japanese Calligrapher Setsuhi Shiraishi joins Pew Fellow percussionist Toshi Makihara for a collaborative set featuring live painting to free-improvisation. Ann Adachi presents fresh material for her group. Co-Presented with OTS Productions.

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*Calligraphonic- Setsuhi Shiraishi x Toshi Makihara, Ann Adachi Group
*Calligraphonic- Setsuhi Shiraishi x Toshi Makihara, Ann Adachi Group

Time & Location

Jun 01, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

About the event

Doors 7:30pm

Show 8pm

Suggested Donation $5 to $15 no one turned away for lack of funds.

Co-Presented with OTS Productions.

Toshi Makihara- Percussion

Setsuhi Shiraishi- Caligraphy

Ann Adachi Group

Ann Adachi- Flute, compositions

Jack Braunstein- Clarinet

Deven Carmichael- Trombone

Aaron Pond- Horn


Setsuhi Shiraishi is a professional Calligrapher, pursuing the beauty of the lines and spaces that influence the viewer momentarily. She approaches calligraphy as a comprehensive art,  engaging in multimedia collaborations while transmitting worlds of traditional practice. Her performances with live music have attracted many fans all over the world.  She designed the concept of the new uniform for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Japan National Team, "Circle". With Shiseido Co., Ltd. for Clé de Peau Beauté, she was selected as "6 women", and works to transcend the frame, such as producing TRM for Panasonic and wall paintings for Oracle Japan Co., Ltd.  She's performed at  the Japan Pavilion certification event at Expo Milan and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. She was an invited artist at Abiko International Outdoor Art Exhibition Installation. Her work has received solo exhibitions in Paris, NY, SF, and JICC Embassy of Japan in the United States.

Toshi Makihara's performance utilizes traditional percussion with a variety of discovered sound media, everyday objects and toys. Through a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation, Makihara seeks out sounds that have never been heard before, experimenting with touch, force, and speed, and always remaining aware of sound's relationship to the body. Makihara studied drums and percussion with Sabu Toyozumi, a renowned improvising percussionist in Tokyo. He has also studied butoh with dance master Kazuo Ohno and others.

Ann  Adachi enjoys meditating on sound in a group setting, with special interest in  the construction of harmonies among varied timbres which is most  apparently explored in sustained tones. Ann studied classical piano and  composition at Brevard College and Berklee College of Music, where she  explored inclusion of video medium and performance in her music  compositions. Phenomenological curiosity inspired the composition of a  quartet piece, in which each musician was stationed in different parts  of Boston each with a videographer capturing wandering musicians and  sound of the environment--subway, Chinatown, park, and busy street. At a  precise given time, all four start playing the composed music.  Culmination is a four-channel video installation that maps time, space,  and sound. After a hiatus, Ann is excited to play in ensembles,  sometimes in the accompaniment of the sounds of the Wissahickon.

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