Turntable Duo: Otomo Yoshihide + Christian Marclay

November 19, 2011
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Otomo Yoshihide.

Two experimental music giants, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay, perform together in New York for the first time in over a decade. Marclay, one of the world’s leading artists and winner of the 54th Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award, pushed the boundaries of musical creation when he pioneered the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Otomo, electroacoustic improvisation musician and free jazz guitarist, earned an international reputation as a central figure in Japan’s avant-garde music scene. Together, these unconventional "turntablists" will again push to the extreme what is possible with turntables and records. JUST ADDED: Concert Broadcast (see details below).

Cash bar opens at 6:30 pm.

Pre-Concert Talk: The Art of Noise
November 19, 5 PM
In an exploration of their artistic careers, Christian Marclay and Otomo Yoshihide are joined by musician, writer and curator Alan Licht. Together, they examine the past, present and future of non-music musical movements in Japan, America and across the globe. Moderator David Novak, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will begin the discussion with a presentation on the experimental music scene in Japan.

Otomo’s Installation: without records
Thursday, November 17-Sunday, November 20
Otomo’s computer operated installation–a series of empty turntables set up to produce a variety of sounds–created as an homage to Christian Marclay and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout Japan in recent years, will be on view in Japan Society’s public space for New Yorkers to see and hear. Free and open to the public.

Turntable Duo Concert: SOLD OUT
Pre-Concert Talk: $10/$8 Japan Society members
Concert Broadcast: $5 (Watch the concert through a simultaneous broadcast from our Murase room. Seats are available.)

Concert tickets are SOLD OUT.
Pre-Concert Talk tickets are still available.
Concert Broadcast tickets are still available.

Concert ticket waitlist sign-up begins prior to the Pre-Concert Talk at 4:30 PM.

Buy Tickets Online for the Pre-Concert Talk and Broadcast or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

This program is supported by grants from The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program and The Asahi Shimbun Foundation.

The installation without records is made possible through the cooperation of Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), and the technical support provided by YCAM InterLab. Special thanks to HANEDA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU for their accommodations.


This program is part of Performa 11. Performa 11 (November 1-21, 2011) is the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th-century art and to encourage new directions in performance for the 21st century. www.performa-arts.org


  • Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • 5:00 pm