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Kiyoharu Kuwayama & Rina Kijima with friend at INSTAL 06

Kuwayama & Kijima

Kuwayama & Kijima

What we wrote about them at the time…

In addition to his solo performance project Lethe, Kiyoharu Kuwayama is teaming up with his long term collaborator Rina Kijima for a performance at Instal; it should be special indeed. They’ve been playing together for years now, and the recorded documents of those performances, often staged in under a bridge at night, or in abandoned Shinto shrines are startling.

Using violin and cello the duo map out a twilight, in the moment, sonic world that seems to tread the faultlines between improvisation and composition; there’s an indeterminate, non-linear and metaphysical nature to their communication. Circling each other, intertwined in incredibly intuitive yet complex patterns their moment by moment improvisations often sound preconceived, laboured over for months. Sounds might well have been recorded post midnight on the far side of some abandoned warehouse, but they resonate on the far side of your skull, scraped textures of wire found metal resonating in an echoing vacuum.

This is their first show in the UK.

Documentation

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Kiyoharu Kuwayama standing backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Rina Kijima standing backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kuwayama & Kijima smiling backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima setting up on stage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Grainy image of Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama standing backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Rina Kijima standing backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kuwayama & Kijima smiling backstage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima setting up on stage at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Grainy image of Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Kiyoharu Kuwayama and Rina Kijima playing cello and violin at INSTAL 06

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre