SALEM, Ore.— On Saturday, April
SALEM, Ore.— On Saturday, April 22, at 7:30pm, the Center for Asian Studies in affiliation with Willamette University Music Department will present an evening of dance and music improvisations by the duo of Makoto Matsushima and Mike Nord in Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus.
Dancer Makoto Matsushima from Tokyo, Japan performs movement and with his voice. Mike Nord, a music professor at Willamette University, performs on guitar and electronics. Now entering their eleventh year as collaborators, the pair have worked together as a duo and with the ensemble Noru Ka Soru Ka in the US, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. Their eclectic mix of influences range from martial arts and modern theater to classical traditions, free jazz, and electronica. Their improvised narrative work challenges traditional notions of category and style, smoothly moving between lyrical, comedic, meditative, and abstract moods. The duo’s performances are neither Eastern or Western, but an evocative fusion of both that is accessible to audiences of all ages and cultures.
For further information call Willamette University Department of Music at 503-370- 6255. This event is free and open to the public.
(Saturday) 7:30 pm