Sound Exploration with FEN

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7PM & 9:30PM

Japan Society
(333 East 47th Street, New York, NY, 10017)


Concert #1 Club-style Session: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (standing only)
$18/$15 Japan Society members

Concert #2 Club-style Session: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (standing only)
$18/$15 Japan Society members

*Two Session Pass: $32
Available by calling the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258

"…could be intense and noisy, or super quiet, sometimes with melody and poetry. Anything is possible."– ALL EARS FESTIVAL Oslo, Norway


Wizard noise unit FEN (Far East Network) makes its North American debut at Japan Society for a one-of-a-kind evening of sound exploration. Led by pioneer Japanese experimental musician Otomo Yoshihide, FEN includes leading avant-garde musicians from throughout Asia including: Ryu Hankil (Seoul), Yan Jun (Beijing), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore). 

For many years, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryu Hankil, Yan Jun, and Yuen Chee Wai supported one another through group performances in their respective countries before forming FEN in 2008. Since then, the group has performed across Europe and Asia, with notable appearances at LUFF in Switzerland, All Ears in Norway, and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea. 

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Ryu Hankil is a musician who was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1975. Ryu is particularly interested in exploring an alternative musical structure found in abandoned objects such as clocks, typewriters and telephones. Having discovered the musical possibilities of a typewriter, Ryu started the collaborative project A. Typist with artists Lo Wie and Kim Taeyong. The results of this collaboration were released as three cd/book sets by The Manual and Mediabus, and the project has been supported by ARKO-PAMS (Arts Council Korea – Performing Arts Marketing in Seoul) since 2013. While continuing to perform actively as a member of FEN (Far East Network), Ryu began his new project pilot Ryu based on digital beats. Ryu currently works as a researcher and artist-in-residence at C-Lab, which is supported by ARKO (Arts Council Korea) Museum and teaches sound art at Seoul National University of Science & Technology. 

As a curator, Ryu has organized numerous music events, workshops and festival in Seoul throughout his career including a series of monthly improvisational music events called RELAY that he ran from 2005-08, a series of international sound research workshops called Mullae Resonance at the Mullae Art Center from 2001-14, and an international experimental film and music festival called Mujanhyang at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in 2014. 

Since 2005, Ryu has released recordings of his improvisatory music, as well as books and magazines through his own publishing office, The Manual. Ryu has collaborated with numerous musicians and composers including: Sachiko M, Taku Sugimoto, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Unami, Manfred Werder, Jason Kahn, Arnord Harberl, Klaus Fliip, Dieb13, Kai Fagaschinski, Mats Gustafsson, Enrico Malatesta, Matija Schellander, Alessandro Bosetti, to name a few.

Miro Yoon