Innovative Tokyo duo UHNELLYS came to New York in 2017 as AvanTokyo’s first Artist in Residence to headline the main stage at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s renowned Sakura Matsuri. UHNELLYS set spectators alight with an inimitably Tokyo fusion of jazz, rock, hip-hop and storytelling shaped through avant-garde digital processing techniques.
For our Artist in Residence 2018, AvanTokyo presented groundbreaking indie-rock group BO-PEEP at stages around New York including the Sakura Matsuri and IDEAL GLASS. Formed in Fukuoka, BO-PEEP are led by vocalist-guitarist Mika Yoshimura and drummer Ryoko Nakano and have stormed stages from Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival to America’s South By Southwest.
In 2019, AvanTokyo welcomed Japan’s “godmother of electronic music” COPPE´ and a return performance by UHNELLYS. They were joined by avant-garde pianist TAKUYA NAKAMURA, butoh dancer AZUMI O E and WILLARD MORGAN + IDEAL ORKESTRA at IDEAL GLASS and featured separately at Nublu in the East Village.
2021 saw AvanTokyo join forces with experimental Brooklyn music venue ISSUE Project Room to present an online co-creation by Japanese sound artist Fuji||||||||||ta and Berlin-based composer & musician Rashad Becker. “Not to be or not not to be” is an evocative audiovisual installation that draws on sounds from Japanese shrine music to industrial noise. The piece unfolds over 47 minutes and can be streamed here.