FUJI|||||||||||TA + Michael Masaru Flora
first-ever U.S. tour by japanese musician performing on his hand-made pipe organ
FUJI||||||||||TA’s work engages with natural phenomena in his quest to expose unheard sounds and voices of objects. In his first-ever US Tour, Japanese artist FUJI||||||||||TA performs on his hand-made pipe organ, powered by manual bellows and often accompanied by his own throat-singing vocal technique.
FUJI||||||||||TA is a Sound Artist living in Japan. His unique practice utilizes various natural phenomena that respond to his interest in wanting to hear unheard sounds and noises. In 2009 Fujita hand fabricated a Pipe Organ that has only 11 pipes and no keyboard. Fujita conceived and built it using his imagination, without any prior or specialized knowledge. Designed to create a landscape rather than function as a musical instrument, he took the idea from the Japanese “gagaku”. The air pump (called “FUIGO”) which is kept moving by the left hand when playing, and is based on associations with an ancient blacksmith. This is a unique instrument that Fujita had to learn to play. Recently, he has added a water element, with sound synthesized water tanks, to his performance repertoire. The music consists of water sounds from multiple aquariums alongside his pipe organ and his voice.
Since 2006 he has had many solo performances and collaborative works with musicians, including ∈Ｙ ∋ (Boredoms), Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, and Koichi Makigami. He has presented his sound installation works in many contexts: the work “CELL”, which made audible the sounds of black soldier fly maggots buried in dirt, was exhibited in Sapporo International Art Festival 2017 and attracted a great deal of interest in Fujita’s artistic practice. A performance with an organ and 4 water tanks were performed in MODE (London) in 2019. In 2020, he released the albums “iki” [Hallow Ground] and “KŌMORI” [Boomkat Editions]
Michael Masaru Flora
Michael Masaru Flora is an artist working with sound in a variety of contexts. His works are informed by architecture, generative systems, perceptual psychology, visual art, and computer music and range from large scale multimedia installations to recording, and performance.
His work has been presented in School of Design Nanjing University of Arts (China), Shanxi University School of Fine Arts (China), Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (CA), St Cloud State University (MN), Alfred University (NY) as well as clubs, galleries, theaters, warehouses, universities, and DIY spaces internationally.