Gordon Getty Conert
Featuring Butchy Fuego & Jeremiah Chiu
December 5, 2015
The Getty Center - Los Angeles
OOIOO (pronounced “oh-oh-eye-oh-oh”) is an extraordinary, all-female music project based in Japan, led by the compellingly radical Yoshimi. Since 1997, OOIOO has produced seven full-length albums that have consistently subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.
For nearly 30 years, Yoshimi (a.k.a. Yoshimio or Yoshimi P-We) has been a drummer and artistic force within the pioneering noise rock band Boredoms. Defined by their sonic-psychic explosions and incomprehensible chaos, Boredoms made a strong impact on the artistic identity of both Japanese and American youth culture throughout the 1990s to today. The band’s international cult following led to the most far-out and pointedly strange album ever supported by a major record label when Warner Music released Pop Tatari in 1992, leading to major tours opening for Sonic Youth and Nirvana. The band also became known for organizing epic, spiraling drum circle events known as 77 BoaDrum, staged under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in New York in 2007, and subsequent iterations held around the world.
Just as Boredoms are consistently ranked among the strongest experimental musicians of the contemporary era, OOIOO is a definitive example of artistically adventurous women working in music today. With a powerful and joyous energy, OOIOO has created a musical language all its own. Yoshimi has often described their sound as a tapestry with intersecting vertical and horizontal threads of organic and electric tones which form a keen sense of color and texture. They combine a range of instruments traditional to rock, as well as to indigenous music, with a particular emphasis on primordial rhythm and chanting, and push those sounds into an entirely new and exhilarating dimension. OOIOO’s unique sense of tribalism feels both ancient and radically modern—universal, yet uniquely their own. Across the past two decades OOIOO has earned widespread critical acclaim, distinguishing it as much more than a Boredoms side project, and becoming a platform for Yoshimi and her collaborators to cultivate their wonderfully addicting take on experimental rock.
This rare U.S. performance by OOIOO is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography, which celebrates recent work by women photographers who rose to prominence in Japan in the 1990s and who have defied preconceptions. Like these artists, OOIOO rattles the boundaries around tradition, artistic expression, and pop culture.
"An extraordinary band... It’s rugged, inspired, original music." –The New York Times
“Bracing brilliance channeling the spirit of Yoko Ono, Le Tigre, Aphex Twin, and Alice Coltrane.” –New Musical Express (NME)
Butchy Fuego, a drummer and electronic musician, has been playing with Yoshimi as part of Boredoms from 2007 to present, and also performs with the acclaimed band Liars and his solo project, San Gabriel. Fuego has been a close friend and collaborator with the individual members of OOIOO in several different musical settings. For this special opening set he will be joined by musician and designer Jeremiah Chiu, marking their second performance as a duo. Their first project together was Doppler at High Noon, performed in October 2015 at High Desert Test Sites in Utah, for which they simultaneously played music atop vehicles traveling up to 50 mph. For their (stationary) performance at the Getty, the duo is performing an original visual/music work, where their sounds will modulate drone video footage.