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TASHI WADA GROUP
Ft. Julia Holter
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Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel performing music from Wada’s new album ‘Nue‘ out this fall on Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl.
Julia Holter is a composer, performer, and recording artist based in Los Angeles. Her interest in the mysteries of sonic atmosphere has compelled her to record in various settings—in her home, outside with a field recorder, and in professional studios—as well as to perform live, often with a focus on the voice. She studied music composition at CalArts and University of Michigan and has performed at venues and festivals around the world.
Corey Fogel is a drummer and artist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. His practice is based in momentary encounters, often involving the intersection of sounds, objects, textiles, foods and frequently include collaboration with other musicians and artists. Fogel engages the viewer to considering sound as a medium on par with paint and cellulose, a constant in our daily lives. Through his work he challenges us to consider the contexts in which we create, store and understand sound.
In Japanese, ‘nue’ is a mythological chimera with the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger, and the tail of a snake. In French, nue means naked—stripped of complexity, bare and exposed, but also raw and essential. This duality underlies ‘Nue‘ Released as part of RVNG Intl’s FRKWYS series of intergenerational projects, this collaboration ranges from minimalist bagpipes to otherworldly vocals, creating, in Wada’s words, ‘a vision, an endless night of dreams, and a personal history of sorts, full of joys and demons.‘
From the doubling of tones—and the world of harmonic nuances such an action produces—to the rich interplay between individual musicians, all baring their own personalities and experiences through shared performance, Wada’s compositions allow space for these elements to join and grow. The multipartite creature that is an ensemble melds in the simplicity and purity of the music itself.