1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147


Ars Nova Workshop Presents


Avandoned, Dora Video + Jeff Carey, The Great Triangle

Thu, March 24, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Ars Nova Workshop is privileged to present Japanese noise veterans Hijokaidan in a rare Philadelphia appearance.

Hijokaidan (“emergency staircase”) emerged in the late 70s as “the most heinous band from the Kansai punk scene,” according to Masami Akita a.k.a. Merzbow. Under the leadership of guitarist and self-proclaimed “king of noise” JoJo Hiroshige, Hijokaidan began as a nihilistic performance art project involving the wanton destruction of venue property, flung garbage, and public urination—a precursor to Hanatarash’s bulldozer concert.

Perhaps growing bored with its scandalous reputation, Hijokaidan focused on integrating the physicality of its live show into a complete embodiment of abstract sound, devoid of any remotely “musical” devices. For over 30 years, Hijokaidan has remained devoted to subtly refining an unrelenting sonic assault renowned by WFMU for its ability to “bludgeon [an] audience into a masochistic submission.” The collective has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, including free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata, Spanish industrial duo Esplendor Geometrico, and kindred American spirits Borbetomagus.

Hijokaidan are touring in support of 2015’s LP Emergency Stairway to Heaven on UK label Cold Spring.
The Abandoned Idol Group formed by members that were rejected at other idol auditions. After practicing and performing on the street, they made their debut in July 8th, 2014.
They have mainly been active at live venues in Tokyo, and they also have had opportunities to perform at notable events in Japan.

On their one-year anniversary in July 2015, they released their first mini-album Tenmetsu Bye-ByeiBlink Bye Byejh which invites the modern poet Tahi Saihate for the lyrics of the title song. They also collaborated and performed with the King Of Noise gHijokaidanh as gAva-Kaidanh in that same month.
In September, they performed at the Natsu-No-Mamono AOMORI ROCK FESTIVALf15 held at the Yogoshiyama Ski Park in Aomori prefecture, and they are now working on their new mini album that is planned to be the first release coming out from TRASH-UP!! RECORDS, which is the music label started up by the trash culture magazine TRASH-UP!!

They are currently the most real idol group in Tokyo.
Dora Video + Jeff Carey
Developed by Yoshimitsu Ichiraku, DoraVideo is a computer system controlling drums as well as a solo of him. Having been suffering from waist pain , Ichiraku resigned as a drummer and restarted his music career when Tkrworks released DORAnome, a real-time remixing instrument of music image. Unlike the music from other musical instrument, Ichiraku composed is unique music with his own ideas. With DoraVideo, Ichiraku are well-received in rock music festivals, Jazz festivals, media art festivals, movie festivals, and art festivals worldwide. In 2005, nominated by the digital music department, he won the Honorary Mention in Ars Electronica. In June 2007, he was invited to participated in La Biennale di Venezia, and attended World Expo in Spain on behalf of Japan in August, 2008. In 2009, he took part in the performance in SMAP x SMAP. In the field of new media art with overwhelming serious works, Ichirakufs works incorporate common, coarse, and even vulgar entertainment. Currently, with the instruments sponsored by Vestaxs and Cacio, he is making DORAnome3, a highly completed work.

Jeff Carey makes hardcore digital music with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral. Jeff Carey has performed on many tours including Europe and Japan with Matmos. In early 2016, he will perform on a tour with Torche(relapse records) and as part of MultipleTaps USA tour.
The Great Triangle
The Great Triangle
Starting out from the exhibition “The Great Triangle” held in 2010 at gallery Baikado(Osaka), The Great Triangle is a trio formed by Makoto Oshiro, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Satoshi Yashiro. They occasionally gather and do live performances.

Makoto Oshiro:

Born 1978 in Okinawa, Japan. Oshiro is a performer and artist. His main medium is sound, but he also combines other elements such as light, electricity and movement of objects. In live performances, he uses self-made tools and instruments that are based on electronic devices, every day materials and junk. His installation work mainly handles sound as a physical and auditory phenomena, and focuses on characteristics such as vibration and interference.

Takahiro Kawaguchi:

Born in Osaka, 1980.In 2000, Kawaguchi started thinking about field recordings. His interest lies not in the kind of field recordings that focus on sound tones obtained in the field, but on the configuration of sound in a specific space. He creates recorded works using sound-making objects, presents installations, and is active in the field of improvised music.?

Satoshi Yashiro:

Yashiro had made a self-propelled woofer on wheels and began to show it at exhibitions and use it at live performances sometime around the year 2003. He is a member of the artist run space “HIGHTI”, which is an abandoned factory that was renovated by him and several artists. He also belongs to the drum and mobile woofer band “Motallica”.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147