A photo of O YAMA O performing. A pair of slender young people, one kneeling, the other stood, are both atop a big sheet of paper, with bowls, cups and plates scattered between them. They are surrounded by a crowd of people who are watching on.
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Somerset House Studios

O YAMA O: Accidental Rituals

On Demand

Available on demand
until 31 Jan 2022

Run time is 89 minutes.

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O YAMA O explore the rhythms and movement of everyday life through improvisation and folk song.

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In this event, which was part of The Wire magazine’s Music By Any Means series in collaboration with Somerset House Studios, the duo of Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto gave a performance that demonstrates their unique approach to improvisation and song writing. 

The performance, which was recorded at Somerset House, is followed by a discussion with their regular collaborator, writer and musician David Toop. The discussion then develops into a trio performance before reverting back to a conversation which attempts to understand the processes by which O YAMA O's music emerges into the world.  

About O YAMA O

O YAMA O is the London based duo of Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto. Rie is a sound artist known in particular for her work with small objects – kinetic devices, found artefacts, and all kinds of homemade sound sources. These form part of performances and installations that explore a space between sculpture and sound. Her work has been exhibited at several gallery spaces across Europe and Japan. Keiko is best known as a founder and director of East London music venue Cafe Oto. Keiko works with images, sounds and performance. They formed O YAMA O in 2014 and have performed at numerous venues and festivals across Europe and released a self-titled debut album on Mana Records in 2018. 
The duo have developed a close working relationship with veteran producer and musician David Cunningham, best known for his work with experimental pop group The Flying Lizards, and violinist Billy Steiger and percussionist Marie Roux, who play in an ensemble version of the group. During lockdown they released the EP Awadatete Yoku Arau (Sonic Art Research Unit) and a cover version of Daniel Blumberg's “On & On” (Mute). A live album will be issued in autumn 2021 by Les Albums Claus and they are currently producing O YAMA O ’s second album proper with David Cunningham.  

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