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.