Saturday 28 May 2022, 8pm

Eiko Ishibashi + John Also Bennett


Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to scores for film, television, theater and exhibitions to improvised music.

Since she launched her solo career in 2006, she has released numerous albums on labels including Drag City, Black Truffle, and Editions Mego. Her sixth full-length album "The Dream My Bones Dream", released in 2018, was selected as one of the best albums by many magazines.

In 2020, she was commissioned to create music for art and photography exhibitions, such as The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ "Japan Supernatural" exhibition at Sydney, and the “Memory of Future” exhibition at Mandako coal mine in Kumamoto, Japan.

She branched out into film composing in 2016, creating the score for the film "Albino's Tree" directed by Masakazu Kaneko, which won the Best Music Award at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards. In 2019, she composed the music for the anime "Mugen no Juunin – IMMORTAL -".

The score she composed for Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 film "Drive My Car" garnered international attention and was later arranged into an album released in the same year, incorporating sound effects from the film.

This year, she announced her new LP, titled “For McCoy” released from Black Truffle in January, and her radio residency on a global radio platform NTS Radio.

John Also Bennett

John Also Bennett is an American composer, flautist and synthesist based in Brooklyn, New York who creates music that could be described as avant-garde, ambient, or minimalist. As well as composing and performing solo under his own name he is a member of the trio Forma and founding member of the duo Seabat. His debut solo album Erg Herbe, which uses flutes, microtonal synthesis and field recordings, was released via Shelter Press in 2019. He has collaborated with Jon Gibson, Christina Vantzou, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Theatre Of Voices, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, Peter Burr, Zin Taylor, among many others, and performed internationally including at festivals such as Big Ears, Moogfest, MODE (London), Meakusma (Belgium), Jue (China), The World Minimal Music Festival (Amsterdam), and Summer Nostos (Greece). His work as a composer for animation and film has been screened at international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25FPS International Experimental Film/Video Festival, London International Animation Festival and ESPTV.

Photo by Julie Calbert

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