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Japanese Legends Marginal Consort Make German Debut


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The extended live performances of Japanese avant-garde improv group Marginal Consort are myth-making—and they’re also fairly rare. The collective, whose members were students of Takehisa Kosugi at the Bigaku School of Aesthetics in Tokyo in the 1970s, has played only one concert per year since its formation. In 2016, they’re deviating from tradition a bit to accommodate two shows: one at the South London Gallery and another in the dramatically proportioned St. Elisabeth Kirche in Berlin on June 6. They’ll be performing with handmade instruments and audience members are invited to mill around or recline on the floor, thus exploring “forms of sound and ways of playing that never coalesce into music, but create a group dynamic of ebb and flow, exploration and fluidity.”

Watch a sample video above, and find complete details of their performance—which is being co-presented by the ever-interesting PAN labelhere.