Radio Asia is an event aiming at presenting the new music scene from South, East and South-East Asia.
The project debuted in the fall of 2013 with a concert of an avant-guard Korean group, UHUHBOO PROJECT. A year later, we presented three unique Asian musicians: Be-Being (South Korea), Hiromichi Sakamoto (Japan) and DaWangGang (China). The 2015/2016 edition consisted of five excellent concerts: Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang (Vietnam), Maltese Rock (Japan/Okinawa), Jeong Cha-sik (South Korea), Rasmee Wayrana (Thailand) and Midori Takada (Japan). During the 2017 edition for the first time as festival, we presented 5 amazing individuals: Taro Yasuno (Japan), Senyawa (Indonesia), Kande (Indonesia), Mouth & Hand Studio (South Korea) and Shapla Salique with her band (Bangladesh/UK).
Radio Asia presents the most interesting aspects of modern Asian music. We put emphasis on presenting lesser-known phenomena, which still retain their cultural identities. We don't shy away from introducing elements characteristic for the music of the Far East, which may be unfamiliar to the Western ear. The complex rhythmic cycles, improvisation, different scales and voice emission techniques, quarter tones, disharmonies, different means of scene expression will serve to familiarize the audience with exotic beauty canons. The scene will host traditional instruments as well as the cutting-edge electronics. The modern-sounding pieces have roots in classic Far Eastern performative arts, such as the Korean pansori or the Pekin opera.
The program of Radio Asia is shaped by experimenting artists, freely breaking the music conventions, transgressing the generic boundaries. Outsiders looking for authenticity, going both beyond mainstream and stereotypes related to Asian music. The festival does not limit itself to presenting specific styles in music, showing rather the most intriguing and valuable phenomana. On the waves of Radio Asia one can hear almost everything: mantras od Buddhist monks and ecstatic wailing of Korean rockmen, wild songs from Chinese steppes and moans of burning chello, masterpieces of minimalism and jazz acrobatics, synth-pop backgrounds and rebellious soul. We play remarkable, ambitious, original and sincere music, and above all, created from a deep artistic need.
Project is co-finansed by Warsaw City Council.
Organiser: Arteria Art Foundation