Pipe Dreams

Dec. 10 - 22, 2009: Pipe Dreams, curated by Taketo Shimada

Emily Harvey Foundation: 537 Broadway 2nd floor
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 2 to 8 pm
Opening Reception: Dec. 10, 6 - 9:30 pm, Closing Reception: Dec 22, 6 - 9:30 pm

photo by Seiji Kakizaki

About this show:

Emily Harvey Foundation is proud to announce a show that evolves around Yoshi Wada exhibition/performance of his Pipe Horns from Dec 10 - 22, 2009 called Pipe Dreams. The show will be accompanied by 7 evenings of performances throughout the duration of the show. This will be Yoshi's first New York exhibit/concert in almost two decades.

The works to be exhibited initially are two Pipe Horns; giant handmade wind instruments made of plumbing pipes and fittings, by Yoshi Wada who was working as a plumber at the time. Of Yoshi's Pipe Horn concert at the Kitchen in January of 1974, New York Times critic John Rockwell wrote:

"There were four horns on hand, the longest (played by Mr. Wada) more than 20 feet long, the fattest 10 inches in its interior diameter. Mr. Wada, Garrett List, Rhys Chatham and Barbara Stewart blew the horns more or less steadily for nearly two hours, producing deep, resonant sounds separated mostly at the intervals of the fifth and octave, although there was some appealing microtonal drifting, too. There was also an electronic setup under Liz Philips's direction that generated fixed synthesized tones triggered by what the live players did. The result was certainly one of the more coloristically more attractive of the many recent instances of minimalist, steady state sound that one hears these days"

The exhibition opens with only the Pipe Horns present in the gallery space. He will perform his Pipe Horns for the opening reception on Dec. 10. Performances by several artists/musicians follow for the duration of the exhibition. Each performer leaves their performance environment or performance artifact behind after their performances. On the occasion of the closing reception, the show will thus be transformed into a group show - an end of year Emily Harvey Gallery tradition when Emily was still alive.

Performance Schedule: All the performances start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted.

Dec. 10 - 6 pm: Opening Reception, 7:30 pm: Yoshi Wada performance

Dec. 12 - 6 pm: Keith Connolly+Paul Metzger(Duo), pre-concert DJ by Y.S.

Dec. 15 - 6 pm: Lary7

Dec. 16 - 6 pm: Skint lathe cut album release

Dec. 17 - 6 pm: Tres Warren, 7:30 pm: Jeff Perkins lightshow with music by Messages

Dec. 18 - 6 pm: Yuji Agematsu

Dec. 19 - 6 pm: Calder Martin

Dec. 22 - 6 pm: Closing Reception

*All performances are open to public and free of charge
*We will be recording all the performances and there will be no entrance once the performance starts. Please arrive by 7 PM if you wish to see the performance.


Yoshi Wada Born in 1943 in Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts in 1963 with BA in sculpture, then moved to New York City. He now resides in San Francisco. He has studied music with LaMonte Young (composition), Pandit Pran Nath (singing), Kocherakota Paramijyoti (percussion), James McIntosh and Nancy Crutcher (bagpipe).

Link: http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/artists/yoshi+wada.html

Lary7 is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and Analog Society. He is a staple in the New York experimental film/music underground and undisputed king of experimentation in analog visual and audio technologies.

Links: http://vimeo.com/4735411

Keith Connolly is an artist/musician, and is a founding member of the No Neck Blues Band. His most recent work was exhibited at Yuzo Sakuramoto's C.W.E.M.? show at Five Myles and now an album cover art for NNCK's Languid Red Marchetti LP. He has shown his works at Greene Naftali Gallery, PS 1, Roulette and the Sculpture Center among others.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-Neck_Blues_Band

Paul Metzger is a Minneapolis-based experimental/progressive folk artist. A virtuoso on a myriad of stringed instruments and a student of both Eastern and Western traditional music, Metzger focuses much of his creative energy on his 21-string modified banjo.

Link: http://www.paulmetzger.net

Skint is an all female improvisational dance/music collective. This will be their album release event, records individually lathe-cut by Robbie McDonald. Collaboration performance with SKINT, Mirror Mirror, and surprise guest.

Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVJh4eZzl5c

Tres Warren is involved in various music and art collaborations. He will project an unfinished film with sine wave generator and bowed guitar accompaniment.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46HAsSpZ98U

Jeff Perkins is a Visual Artist / Film Maker. While serving in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Tokyo, he met Yoko Ono and her husband Anthony Cox. He co-founded 'Single Wing Turquoise Bird', a multimedia group doing Light Shows for Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead and Dr. John to name a few. Jeff has exhibited and performed with Terry Jennings, Angus MacLise & Peter Mays. He will present his strobing geometric lightshow with a live music by Messages.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p3vmvo5UVs

Yuji Agematsu is an artist/photographer. For the past thirty years he has been picking up discarded things from the street and meticulously archiving them. He has worked with Tokio Hasegawa, former member of Taj Mahal Travellers, and studied yara with Milford Graves. His performance will consist of 35mm slide show with two projectors from his trash collecting as well as location sounds coming out of six boomboxes.

Link: http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/schedule/search/film/?id=7340

Calder Martin will perform with his synaesthetic video projection of complex luminous optical layering. Calder is a guitarist and visual artist and the founder of the band Vizusa. Arthur Magazine said of Vizusa's debut LP that "VizUSA is the new psychedelic simple, hard: the rock and roll of Buddy Holly bare bones with the doors of perception jimmyin' and repetitious riff milkin' of Les Rallizes Denudes."

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKHYJts42tg

This show is made possible with generous contributions from:
Catheirine J Borrie, Gracie Mansion, Morgan O'Hara, Matthew Rose, Cecil Touchon, Pamela Farland, Charlemagne Palestine, Atom Seven, Linda Schulze, Olivia Shao, Koki Emura, Phillippa Shao, Simon Greenberg, Alison Knowles, Hannah B Higgins, Eric Lanzillotta, Sachitoyo Kitasato, Kirby Gookin+Robin Kahn, Susan Stenger, Yuzo Sakuramoto, Daniel Corral, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Olivia Wyatt, Richard Nelson, Che Chen.

Thanks also to EM Records, who published four of Yoshi Wada reissues/archival releases in collaboration with Omega Point.
Their Yoshi Wada releases will be available to purchase throughout the exhibition.

For further information, please contact Taketo Shimada at xxxxes@gmail.com

The Emily Harvey Foundation is a private foundation registered in the State of New York.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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