[ANNOUNCEMENT] Due to an amazing amount of RSVPs, next Saturday’s “Far East Near East ~Hip Art Japan~” event will be be split into two sessions: 7:30-9PM, 9:30-11PM. Each of these sets will have a limited capacity. Doors open at 7PM for the 7:30PM set and 9PM for the 9:30PM set. Thank you for your understanding! Please send an RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing your name, how many are in your party and which set time you will attend.
Hechi-Ken Hamazaki / Red Tea Ceremony & Fighting in the Streets
September 6, 2014 7:30 pm – (doors open at 7:00pm)
Fee: $10 (Early Bird Discount: $8 until 8/30 – RSVP only by email)
RSVP: Lotus in Harlem Arts & Entertainment Ayane Miki Sakamoto: email@example.com
About the Performers
With his shaved head, red body paint, and red costumes, Ken Hamazaki is known in Osaka’s Minami Senba district as “The Red Man.” Hamazaki is involved in a wide range of activities both in Japan and abroad, including performing his Red Tea Ceremony and helping young artists produce their work. In his “Maze Paintings,” Hamazaki uses the idea of a labyrinth to depict the outline or shadow of celebrities. In his “Puzzle Paintings,” which often use the image of the Mona Lisa, he paints on each individual puzzle piece and assembles the puzzle into a single artwork. Hamazaki’s work is rich in playfulness and grants us a fresh perspective on images that we might otherwise never have seen. read more…. Press Red Tea Ceremony Raises Awareness for Fukushima (Visualnews.com) Burning Man 2011 (Los Angeles Times)
FIGHTING IN THE STREETS – LIVE BAND
“Fighting in the Streets” was created by Alex Lopez and Norman Edwards in the fall of 2009. The two met while studying at Manhattan School of Music and quickly gravitated towards each others musical personalities. The pair soon realized that they also shared a passion for the music of video games and envisioned performing the music live. Fighting In The Streets is a fiery band of musicians who utilize jazz improvisation, funky grooves, and smooth showmanship through video game music. We play songs from Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter 2, Mega Man, Castlevania, and more. The band consists of five members including, reeds, guitar,keys,bass and drums. The goal of the band is to play music we have listened to subconsciously as kids and bring to life with new arrangements and pure RAW energy. They have played at The Groove, Spike Hill, The MAG FEST, The Shrine and Silvana.
For more information, please visit: FIGHTING IN THE STREETS FAN PAGE (Facebook) and NORMAN EDWARDS JR. PUBLIC DRUM COVER VIDEOS
About Red Tea Ceremony (English)
The art performance is by Japanese contemporary artist, Ken Hamazaki. This performance was inspired by and arranged from the Japanese traditional tea ceremony. The original ceremony consists of a variety of manners to drink tea properly, but to experience this ceremony fully, it’s best to simply drink with a style you favor most. The most interesting practice would be focusing your thoughts on the tea master for a few minutes without speaking and enjoying the tea in this small silent space. I always serve this tea for whoever sits down in front of me. Red Tea Ceremony -YOU ARE GOD- is always a great tool to communicate universally without any thought of hierarchy. I’ll be happy if we could find any great idea to make better and more enjoyable future throughout this tea ceremony.
世界一赤い男のお茶会パフォーマンス。 茶道は偉大なる日本の伝統芸術ですが、現代芸術家・浜崎による茶道は前衛芸術です。前衛とは「芸術」と称される高尚なものを、日常のものに取り戻すための一種の概念です。 外部から遮断された、たった一畳の小宇宙。そこだけが目に見えないバリアーで覆われた異空間。２人だけの無言の対話。 飲み方は自由でその人の人格を表し、感じ方は人それぞれ。 このパフォーマンスはお客様が主役であってボクはただお茶を立てるだけ ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・YOU ARE GOD. タタミ１畳と赤い和傘、金の茶碗を携えて世界中どんな場所ででも「茶会」を催すことが出来るパフォーマンス「RED TEA CEREMONY -YOU ARE GOD-」。日本国内のみならず、ニューヨーク、ラスベガ ス、パリなど海外でも活動を行っている。 中でも1999年に日本人として初めてパフォーマンスを行って以来毎年参加しているネバダ州の砂漠で行われるアートイベント「バーニングマン」では、そのパフォーマンスの様子がイベントを紹介している各国のメディアにおいても、常にメインビジュアルとして取り上げられるほど象徴的な存在として知られている。