Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji

Tottori Sand Dunes

Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand art, authentic Japanese cuisine and specialty sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft.

From soundscapes to sandscapes - after her debut experimental multi-media project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime sold out across London, Verity Lane is back with an exciting new project entitled Japanese Sandscapes: The Story of Mt. Fuji

This collaborative project between soundscapist and composer Verity Lane and up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki aims to create elements of the Japanese sublime in the form of audio-visual installations depicting the well-known Japanese story of The Bamboo Cutter, including a live sand art display.

What to Expect

Japanese sandscapes

Attendees will experience four new works exploring the story of Japan’s iconic mountain, Mt Fuji, with narratives told in the media of both sand and sound. The centrepiece is a live sand art display by up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki which is also his international debut performance. 

To complement Kasanuki’s display, acclaimed traditional Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the Japanese flute and kotsuzumi drum, as well as avant-garde piano by free jazz legend Veryan Weston, experimental violin by Alison Blunt and awe-inspiring performances by percussionist Beibei Wang. 

Expect interactive performances throughout the course of the one-hour show ranging between traditional Japanese dance and visuals, as well as spoken word performances and storytelling.

Creative Participants

Verity Lane (composer/soundscapist)
Akifumi Kasanuki (live sand art performance)
Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/shinobue/nohkan/kotsuzumi)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Alison Blunt (violin)
Veryan Weston (piano)
Tomoko Komura (storytelling)

Japanese Food by DonDonburi

Reasonably priced Japanese food and drinks by DonDonburi, including specialty sake, beer and soft drinks, will be served for one hour before and after the start of the performance.
DonDonburi are a street food stall specializing in Japanese rice bowls such as Gyudon and Yasaidon.  Gyudon is a popular Japanese dish of thinly sliced beef, cooked in an umami-rich sauce and served on a bed of rice. Yasaidon is DonDonburi’s vegan version of Gyudon. Their own creation, it substitutes beef for fried tofu, mushrooms and daikon radish, which are then cooked in a vegetarian dashi (stock). 

To get a taster of what you can expect on the food front, see DonDonburi’s Facebook page

Where to Buy Tickets

The event will be held over two days at The Shaft, Brunel Museum (Address: Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF). For more information about the venue, see: www.brunel-museum.org.uk. Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite as follows:
Tickets: £10 / £5 concessions
①    8pm, Friday 20th October 2017 (7pm food & drinks)
Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-sandscapes-the-tale-of-mt-fuji
②    3pm, Saturday 21st October 2017 (2pm food & drinks)
Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-sandscapes-the-tale-of-mt-fuji
Listen to Verity Lane’s debut experimental multi-media project Medley for Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime here. Or find out more about the event on their Facebook page

Event supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
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