SUGAI KEN & Lieven Martens - KAGIROI
A dynamite duo who strive to uncover the hidden delicacies of everyday life and earth through sound, Sugai Ken and Lieven Martens partner in this open ended exploration lead by an invitation from Sugai Ken. Sugai sent Lieven field recordings of folklore performances from various locations around Japan, all under the context of the fragility of the local performing arts traditions with the pull of declining birth rates and an aging population threatening their existence.
Lieven invited Antwerp musicians Jeroen Stevens and Roman Hiele to add strings and additional percussion to the original field recordings.
"But when I [Lieven Martens] throw these old and new figurines together on the podium, the objects immediately disappear in the cracks of the stage wood. Thus only the understatement of the suggestion remains."