Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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Interactive Multimedia Performance
March 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join ArtXchange Gallery and Alan Lau for an unforgettable creative experience featuring special guests Haruko Crow Nishimura, Steve Peters, and Stan Shikuma. Three performing artists will interpret paintings by Alan Lau and present original works of dance, sound, and performance.
Haruko Crow Nishimura is a dancer/choreographer, co-director and musician with Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE), a multi-disciplinary artist who is always searching to discover how art can create deeper connections and awakenings. She has lead the creation of large scale theatrical works as well as having performed as lead vocalist for DAE’s touring experimental punk orchestra.
Her work with DAE was the subject of a major exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, was commissioned by director Robert Wilson to re interpret his work Einstein on the Beach in 2012, collaborated with the Kronos Quartet in 2013 and undertook a massive site specific collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seattle World’s Fair. Crow is constantly pushing the boundaries of her medium; dancing in the street, creating rituals for strangers and seeking collaboration outside of her media. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012.
Steve Peters makes music and sound for many contexts and occasions using environmental recordings, found/natural objects, electronics, acoustic instruments, and voices. His work is often site-based, attentive to the subtle nuances of perception and place. He also performs with the Seattle Phonographers Union, and works as a freelance producer, writer, and curator. Since 1989 he has been the Director of Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization presenting experimental music and sound art, currently via the Wayward Music Series at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle. His music has been released on such labels as Cold Blue, Palace of Lights, Sirr, Dragon’s Eye, 12k, and Present Sounds.
Stan Shikuma is a taiko performer, composer and percussionist from Seattle, WA. He performs with Seattle Kokon Taiko and directs Kaze Daiko (a taiko youth group) Stan started playing taiko in 1981 and currently serves on the Board of the Taiko Community Alliance (TCA), sponsor of the North American Taiko Conference. Past projects include work on new opera, Butoh dance, puppet theatre, consultant for JANM’s Big Drum exhibit (2005). Stan also writes taiko reviews/essays and gives talks on taiko history, teaching, and performance.