Ikue Mori: Kibyoshi
Ikue Mori continues to be one of the most respected and original voices in the laptop electronic music scene. Distinct and personal, her sounds are immediately recognizable as her own. For the past several years she has been incorporating visual imagery into
her presentations, animating cutouts from Japanese woodblock prints in ways both charming and disturbing. Her latest work is her best yet, and draws upon the rich literature of Japanese Kibyoshi, satirical comics which pointed sharp barbs at contemporary society with a sharp focus on gossip, literature, political affairs and current events. Reversing, inverting and twisting truth and fiction, Ikue Mori creates a rich world of her own with sound and image. Featuring the charismatic voice of Makigami Koichi and the percussion of Mark Nauseef, Kibyoshi is a masterpiece!
Good vs Evil is a story from the end of the Edo period where, under pressure from the government, the Kibyoshi became more of a moral discourse. This story deals with the subject of ethics. Created by Tentei, the emperor of heaven, humanized spirits of Good and Evil fight to control a man's life by inhabiting his mind.
Thousand Hands Goddess of Mercy rented her hands during the hard times of the economic recession. New and unusual business ventures are often the subject of these stories that draw material from such sources as folklore, famous Noh songs and daily life.
Confucius Becomes Popular is a satire in which the moral teachings of Confucius are highly exaggerated and behavior becomes good to such an extreme that even pickpockets are warm hearted and generous!