Otomo Yoshihide + Yasutomo Aoyama + Takayuki Ito
Musician, born in Yokohama, Japan in 1959. He is known for composing music for a wide variety of genres from experimental to pop and jazz music. He has received attention from all around the world for his different activities, including his successful career as a sound track composer for film and TV. In recent years he has been producing works for exhibitions and special type of concerts in collaborations with various other artists under the name of “ENSEMBLES”, while also focusing on unique public-participative projects as well. In 2012, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he started in Fukushima, “PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!”, where he’d spent his teenage years and received the Ministry of Education’s Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion. Another of his many works, the theme music for the popular TV series “Amachan”, has received many honorable prizes, including the Best Composer Award for the Japan Record Award in 2013. In 2014, he launched “ENSEMBLES ASIA” with the Japan Foundation to create a stronger network through Asia woven by music.
Born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 1960. Currently lives in Sendai. In addition to being an artist, he is also involved in musical activities such as live performance and DJing. Among his collaborations with Otomo Yoshihide, which began in 1995, include the musical unit “DJ TRANQUILIZER” and installation piece without records.
In 2003 he was appointed to the pre-opening office at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM). He has since then been involved with the production of several works. In 2009 he spent one year in New York with an Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists Grant by Agency for Cultural Affairs. Under Zachary Lieberman, he was involved in the development of “EyeWriter2.0”, an open source line-of-sight-detection soft/ hardware. Upon returning to Japan, he oversaw the direction of the research and development projects at YCAM as the YCAM InterLab R&D director. In 2015, he joined Artistic Research Framework BCL.