|Blake DeGraw, Uneasy Chairs and Ryosuke Kiyasu...photo by Valerie Ann.|
When Ryosuke Kiyasu was in Seattle, he wanted to do a performance in a public space. At first he had wanted to do something solo but then decided a collaborative performance with Seattle improvisers would be fun. Luckily, I know many excellent local improvisers who are always always down to play, time permitting.
After trying to figure out a good place to play, Wilson Shook suggested Freeway Park for a great setting with interesting spaces and it turned out to be a perfect spot. I only had to stress on picking up a new snare head for Ryosuke at Guitar Center (he destroyed the new one at the previous night's show), picking him and Kae up from Teatro where they stayed the night, finding them some food as well as parking before getting to the park...all of which I accomplished.
Improvisers that came out were myself, Wilson Shook, Blake DeGraw, Chloe Wicks, Garrison Heck, Adam Levitt, Kalan Sherrard, David Tabakian and Vanessa Skantze performed Butoh as well.
There was a nice turn out and it was beautiful weather.
Kalan set fire to a toy piano after playing it a bit and it served as an unintentional timer for the performance in a way as we basically played until it was reduced to ashes, about 30 minutes. There was no interference with our performance or the burning toy piano surprisingly.
The performers moved around frequently in the area we were occupying, creating a nice spatial effect that can be heard on the recording.
Apparently, a man came by and "blessed himself" as Wilson described with the burning toy piano flames and smoke, which I sadly missed.
This was definitely one of my favorite performances with a group ever.
|Kalan, Uneasy Chairs and Garrison with flaming toy piano.|
|Vanessa Skantze and Adam Levitt.|
|Kalan cleaning up the ashes.|