news: WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER 2014
Due to my prolonged illness, this website is on hiatus at the moment. I hope I will be able to work on the website again in the autumn at the latest, but in the meanwhile, please join Friends of Yoko on Facebook (it's a closed group, just for the members) for the very latest Yoko Ono news and friendly group conversation.
bow down to the queen of noise... ono soul by thurston moore
Images © Jorge Artajo
More information and images about the exhibition by Yoko Ono in Bilbao, Spain, coming later on.
Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. Retrospective in Bilbao, Spain
new chimera music releases by cibo matto and the ghost of a saber tooth tiger
From the press release: "
Self-produced over a two-year period by Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, Hotel Valentine is their most impressive release to date as it finds them constructing a rich concept album, a love story amid the ghosts traversing the hallways of a hotel. Underneath the lush sonic palate, they have created the soundtrack to an invisible film as they've continued to refine their sound and remain fully committed to an ethic of fun. Unlike most pretenders, Cibo Matto's music is an entirely self-contained world, a look into the fantasy lives of Hatori and Honda.
Both women were raised in Japan, but met in New York's vivid 90s Lower East Side art scene that included John Zorn, Sean Lennon, the Beastie Boys, and Marc Ribot, a brief period of colorful experimentation at the outset of the Giuliani administration. Soon after they met, the pair formed a punk band called Leitoh Lychee (frozen lychee nut), which eventually morphed into the post-genre freakout that Cibo Matto would become. Within six months, David Byrne came to see them at a show and Warner Brothers picked them up off the strength of one self-released cassette tape. This initiated one of the most colorful careers of the 90s. Cibo Matto exploded internationally, touring worldwide and releasing two classic records, 1996's Viva! La Woman and 1999's Stereo Type A. Their live shows and albums were marked by wild experimentation, incorporating hip-hop, Brazilian music, African and Latin jazz, and pop into their unclassifiable mix. They collaborated extensively with Yoko Ono, as well as the renowned French director Michel Gondry, who lent his visionary style to cement them in the budding consciousness of the MTV generation with his legendary video for "Sugar Water."
On February 14, 2011 a Cibo Matto light bulb flickered and they struck upon the idea of an invisible film, a score without motion, an album called Hotel Valentine. Hotel Valentine is a metaphor, a question, an answer, an idea, a feeling; A strange and vivid scene. "Hotel Valentine is the cinematic bricolage of Yuka and me," Says Hatori. "Our medium is music. For me, making an album is like raising a child. We don't know what kind of person (story) they will end up to be."
Cibo Matto Announce Hotel Valentine, First Album in 15 Years
The GOASTT / The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - "Midnight Sun"
From the press release: "The brand new album Midnight Sun from THE GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger = Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl) which will be released by Chimera Music on April 28. Since their first (acoustic) album, The GOASTT have transformed into a 5-piece electric band and recently toured with Flaming Lips and Tame Impala.
mxdwn.com: "The musical baby of Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl is due for April; In all it's psychodeliesness "Midnight Sun" is announced to be an evocative travel to a kaleidoscopic music land."
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger announce new album April 2014 release
Many have been asking about the schedule of the upcoming reissues of Yoko Ono's albums. The Chimera Music folks inform us kindly that "not yet".
yoko ono on NDR kulturjournal 12 august 2013 about her art
yoko ono half-a-wind show in guggenheim bilbao
Press release: "With nearly 200 pieces including installations, objects, films, drawings, photographs, text and audio pieces, and documented performances, this exhibit offers a complete vision of the multiple productions of this pioneer of conceptual and performance art.(--) The exhibition covers Ono's entire career up to the present, from her most significant works from the 1960's to recent installations and pieces created especially for this retrospective, with a special section dedicated to her music and film production."
yoko ono in australia: war is over! (if you want it)
From the press release: "Delight in sculpture, immersive installations, written texts, films, sound compositions and participatory art works which will involve you in a range of hands-on activities – from mending and arranging broken crockery, to stamping world maps with peace stamps, to writing personal messages of love to your mother."
There is a very wide selection of exhibition related events in Sydney: two nights of screenings, performances and live music; film screenings; festival events; and a special exhibition tour targeted to people bringing their small children with them. There was also a special event by Yoko Ono at Sydney Opera House in November: "The 80-year-old widow of John Lennon will discuss her life, art and political activism as part of an event titled In Conversation with Yoko Ono: War Is Over (If You Want It). "
Image by MCA
Exhibition reviewed by smh.com.au: "She may owe a good deal of her fame and/or notoriety to her marriage to John Lennon, but Ono was a recognised artist before she met him, and has experienced a surge of institutional recognition over the past decade."
"Although one shouldn't underestimate the effort that any exhibition requires, the great asset of Ono's work is that it is largely conceptual - consisting of ideas and instructions that may be reinterpreted like musical scores. This means key installations can be reconstructed for different venues, with no sense that the ineluctable ''aura'' of a work has been lost. An installation called Play it by Trust, which consists of a chess board with only white pieces, was first presented in 1966. It has been recreated numerous times, but in Sydney it has a new design based on the Opera House. The idea is that the players gradually lose track of who owns which piece, allowing a ceasefire to be declared. One wonders if two chess grandmasters would still be able to play the game to the end. Other large, interactive installations such as Wish Tree, My Mommy Is Beautiful and Imagine Peace Map, invite audience members to help ''complete'' the work. In the first, one may write a wish on a slip of paper and attach it to the limbs of a small gum tree. The second asks viewers to write something about their mother or leave a memento. The final gives us the chance to stamp the word "peace" on our chosen part of the world map.
These pieces have been created many times over and have a feeling of familiarity. Ono attempts to touch the viewer's heart, making us reflect on our own families or the state of the world. It's part of the old mantra that responsibility for change begins with the individual consciousness."
Yoko Ono talks of love, loss and life at 80 ahead of art exhibition War Is Over!
Power of thought drives the avant-garde artist
Yoko Ono frets for downtrodden men
Yoko Ono's 'Whisper' performed at Sydney Opera House
MCA australia exhibition trailer
yoko ono's calligraphy piece at MCA australia
PLEASE NOTE: More recent Yoko Ono news will be added to this page as soon as I have recovered more from my illness. I will add content material bit by bit and also apply the new website design to the rest of the pages."One day at a time", just like John sang.
one day (at a time) by john lennon (1973)