Kokoro Dance

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Seikatsu: Makigami / Smulovitz / Hirabayashi LIVE

May 15, 2016, 8pm
Studio D
SFU @ Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Please join us for an exciting evening of improvised music and dance featuring musicians Koichi Makigami and Stefan Smulovitz and dancer Jay Hirabayashi. The evening will begin with a solo set by Makigami; Smulovitz and Hirabayashi will then join him for a trio to end the night.

Known for his virtuosic solo vocal improvisation, Koichi Makigami is also the leader, vocalist, and Theremin and mouth harp player for the celebrated rock band Hikashu. Makigami has released numerous solo albums on John Zorn's highly respected label Tzadik Records, and from 1993 he has been the organiser and prompter for the monthly Tokyo session of Zorn's game piece COBRA. Makigami has collaborated with Takahashi Yuji, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Otomo Yoshihide, David Moss, Lauren Newton, Anthony Coleman, Umezu Kazutoki, Carl Stone, Jon Rose, Guy Klucevsek, Derek Bailey, and others.


An award-winning composer, Stefan Smulovitz is a fixture in the Vancouver experimental and improvised music community. As well as an accomplished solo performer, his long-running Eye of Newt project, with Chris Kelly, Gordon Grdina, JP Carter, and Kenton Loewen, is known across Canada for creating and remixing soundtracks, and playing live scores to films at various performing arts festivals. Smulovitz is also the programmer/creator of Kenaxis, an innovative real-time performance program.


With an extensive background in butoh, Jay Hirabayashi is the co-founder and co-director of the Vancouver-based Kokoro Dance, which he established with Barbara Bourget in 1986. Active since 1979, Hirabayashi has choreographed an impressive number of dance performances, presented nationally and internationally. While maintaining a teaching practice, he and Bourget also founded the Vancouver International Dance Festival in 2000.


Presented with support from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council, and the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

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