Naima Karlsson & Kenichi Iwasa
Exotic Sin

Exotic Sin
Exotic Sin. Photo: Anne Tetzlaff

This convcert is one of the events that are a part of Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibition File Under Freedom, on view February 5 – March 27, 2022. The talk will be held in English.

The duo of Naima Karlsson and Kenichi Iwasa first came together for a performance celebrating the art and music of Karlsson´s grandparents, Moki and Don Cherry, before continuing as an independent unit that still incorporates some of the Cherrys´ instruments as well as their synergetic integration of improvised music with visual art. Preferring the stark contrasts of analog/digital, acoustic/electric, and natural/unnatural sounds, the duo collide piano, trumpet, flutes, percussion and two of Don Cherrys “zen saxophones”, (woodwinds handmade by attaching reed mouthpieces to plastic plumbing parts), with loops, sampling, and anachronistic & 90s keyboards.

Kenichi Iwasa is an improviser and multidisciplinary artist, also known for his legendary Krautrock Karaoke night, and collaborations with visual artists and musicians such as Beatrice Dillon, Maxwell Sterling and Linder Sterling. Naima Karlsson is a musician, visual artist and an archivist/coordinator for the Cherry Estate. She continues to learn and study Dons compositions and his approach to piano with her uncles, Eagle-Eye and David Ornette Cherry, and with Mexican pianist Ana Ruiz who collaborated and toured with Don and Moki in 1977.

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Pre-opening concert
Doors 20:00
Concert starts 21:00
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