Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama



14 Oct 2006  •  The Arches, Glasgow

What we said at the time…

Lethe is the solo project of Kiyoharu Kuwayama, one of the most startling young musicians in Japan today, his music marked by a profound interest in both musical and physical space.  He’s well known for finding intensely resonant spaces or charged atmospheres: abandoned warehouses, Shinto temples.  For it’s in those kind of super resonant spaces the Kuwayama has recorded his best works, the Catastrophe Point series; full of empty rattle of abandoned industrial space, and the carefully constructed scrape and clang of objects found around each location.  For his solo performance at Instal, Kuwayama is presenting a performance for four specially constructed steel tables, each one heated by a single candle until searingly hot.  With those he extracts coarse, ever-shifting metallic drones by rubbing dry ice across the table top, causing both steel and dry ice to shake, pop and let out one hell of a caustic metallic whirr full of abstract mystery.  This is his first performance in the UK.

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