Umi no uzu

Aaron Choulai and the Australian Art Orchestra

Mythical, innovative and deeply groovy, Umi no uzu (meaning ‘stirring the oceans’) is the latest work by Tokyo-based composer/pianist/beatmaker Aaron Choulai.

In this daring new work, Choulai brings together traditional Japanese court music known as Gagaku, with anime, jazz and hip hop. These diverse influences come together to tell the story of the Japanese creation myth.

Along with an outstanding line-up of musicians, Choulai will be joined by hip-hop icon Kojoe – famous for his work in both the Japan and New York hip-hop scenes. Their music will be set against a backdrop of Japanese anime projections by renowned artist/filmmaker Popy Oil.

With an emphasis on improvisation, The Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) explores the meeting points between disciplines and cultures, and imagines new musical forms to reflect the energy and diversity of 21st century Australia. Led by daring composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, the AAO constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures.

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The development and presentation of Umi no Uzu was made possible with support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne