OUTLANDS #2  JUNE/JULY 2018

Yunohana Variations: YOSHIMIO / SUSIE IBARRA / ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE

Yunohana Variations is a great example of formless improv that is not just engaging but enthralling, perhaps even transcendent.
— The Quietus

YUNOHANA VARIATIONS

Three improvisational luminaries; multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO, SAICOBAB), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) perform together as Yunohana Variations for the first time in the UK.

YoshimiO is a drummer and member of the revolutionary group Boredoms. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth), and most recently the vocalist in SAICOBAB.

Susie Ibarra, is one of the most significant percussionists and composers of our time, known for her work as a performer within contemporary, avant-garde, jazz, classical, and world music, and performs in the band Dreamtime Ensemble. Ibarra studied with jazz luminaries Earl Buster Smith (of Sun Ra Arkestra), Vernel Fournier and Milford Graves, and Philippine Kulintang gong-chime music with Danongan Kalanduyan. She has performed with the likes of: John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Yo La Tengo, Ikue Mori and recent works include a sound installation for Ai Weiwei.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is strongly rooted in exploration of moments and the hypnagogic state. Movement and gesture play key factors within this process, and in the performance realm are focused on by voice and modular synthesizer. A fixture of Chicago’s experimental community throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Robert has also performed under the name Lichens, is a member of the legendary band Om, and has an impressive portfolio of collaborations, which extends to the film world with his score for pseudo-documentary A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (which Robert also appears in).

All three musicians come from divergent aesthetic backgrounds yet through their collaborative work, they together “enjoy crossing into various sonic territories.
— Susie Ibarra
Supersonic has had a longstanding relationship with multidisciplinary artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, he has proven time and time again that anything he puts his hand to will be extraordinary, we have no doubt that this collaboration with such accomplished artists as Yoshimio and Susie will be nothing short of awe inspiring.
— Lisa Meyer, Artistic Director, Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
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This tour was commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Supersonic Festival and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.