1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hiroshi Hasegawa

Ars Nova Workshop Presents

Hiroshi Hasegawa

Desiccant, Embarker

Thu, February 11, 2016

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Hiroshi Hasegawa
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Born in 1963, Hiroshi Hasegawa began his improvisation with voice and drums. In 1989, he formed the group C.C.C.C. which was improvisatory, bombastic mass-noise. The group became legend with members Mayuko Hino, Ryuichi Nagakubo, Fumio Kosakai. In 1993 Hasegawa started his solo project Astro for analog synthesizers while continuing to play in C.C.C.C. In 2010 he formed Cosmic Coincidence to replace C.C.C.C. with Manuel Knapp and Rohco. And now ASTRO consists of Hiroshi Hasegawa and Rohco as a duo project since 2013. He now actively plays, issues and does collaborations with other artists under his own name. He engages a style of playing with electronics similar to drifting between meditation and awakening states. He began collaborating with Damion Romero in 1995, eventually forming Astromero. In all he appears on over 60 releases.
Desiccant (Andy Borsz of Slasher Risk + Newton) is not the rambunctious or violent noise of youthful exuberance, nor the meticulous work of upstarts trying to push the genre to new forms. This is the sort of bleak output only possible from decades of living it. Desiccant is the sound of failed marriages, putting your cat to sleep in a cold veterinarian's office, and holding the hand of a sick loved one helplessly dressed in a paper gown. This is your soundtrack for dying of thirst in a desert and not even caring.
Embarker is the solo project of audio visual artist Michael Roy Barker. Currently based in Philadelphia. Mb has also resided along the East Coast in Baltimore and Brooklyn while playing with past / present groups such as Sharks with wings, The George Steeltoe Ensemble, and Hatchers. Mb uses a variety of electronics, modular synthesizer, homemade instruments, voice and processed audio collages to create hyperkinetic,genre-bending music that is often used as a soundtrack to found videos or as an interactive audio visual experience.

He has performed at the High Zero Festival in 2002, the International Noise Conference 2006, 2007, 2013,2015 and the 2008 Bent Festival in Los Angeles. He has also studied at STEIM in 2007 and been artist in Residence at the Experimental TV Center in Owego NY 2006-2007. He also has a profound obsession with found media where he has released a CDr of found answering machine tapes on Heresee Records.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147