Percussionist Seijiro Murayama was born in 1957 in Nagasaki, Japan. He started performing improvised music in 1972, under some influence of Vinko Globokar and musicologist Fumio Koizumi. A relocation to Paris in 1999 led to fruitful collaborations that extended into contemporary dance, theatre and performance as well as ongoing partnerships with musicians Michel Doneda, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Éric Cordier, Lionel Marchetti and Mattin – among many others. After over a decade in Europe he relocated back to Japan in 2013, since then he is visiting back to Europe occasionally.

His artistic principal is to work with the idea of the plural or inter-disciplinary relationships between music and other disciplines of art: dance, video, paintings, photos, literature etc. In this way, he collaborates with musicians, composers, and sound artists. Improvisation is always the major concern for him, even if it is not his artistic goal. His approach is based on the attention to space and place, to the energy of the audience and to the quality and perception of silence on various levels.

Seijiro Murayama is now back to one of his most beloved residency places at KUD Mreža’s Studio Asylum in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he spent several working visits in the last decade. Concluding his current two-weeks residency, he is giving an afternoon atelier solo concert on 13 January, Saturday at 5 pm. Due to the capacity of the space, we can host only 15 audience members, so please send us an emal to info.kudmreza@gmail.com if you would like to attend the performance.

Beside Seijiro Murayama, this year we are going to have a great number of longer residences at Studio Asylum. In April, South Korean improviser and composer of acoustic, electronic and electroacoustic music and intermedia artist Hunjoo Jung is coming. In May, we are going to host illustrator Katrin Kadelka, and web developer and novelist Mario Siebert, both from New Zealand. In September, comic artist Vincent Pernollet, member of the notorious French collective Le Dernier Cri. In November, we are going to have Finnish illustrator and graphic artist Ulla Aatinen.

13 January 2018, Saturday 17.00 – Studio Asylum, Ljubljana