"Kurayami" is the result of the dialogue between Akira Uchida (music) and the acclaimed photographer Masao Yamamoto initiated by IIKKI, between September 2022 and May 2023.
After to have worked as a saxophonist for several years, Akira Uchida, in 2007 learned piano tuning under Mr. Satoshi Yoshida. Planning and holding "Sound workshop" which is to introduce how to interact with various sounds from the viewpoint of sound turning. In 2015 while he was learning from Mr. Masahiro Adachi, Akira Uchida started to create a Clavichord (keyboard instrument), invented in the 14th century.
For "Kurayami" he has collaborated with Tono Tamami (Sho), and Kosaka Osho (Sutra).
"Making instruments, tuning sounds, being a musician, this flow is essential for me to see the world".
Feature : sax / piano / clavichord / piano tuning / instrument make.
About the photographer:
Yamamoto Masao started to photograph when he was 16 years old. He also studied painting but later chose gelatin silver print as his media. His first gallery show in the U.S. was in 1994 in San Francisco. In 1996 he had a solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. His works have been shown in Europe since 2006. Besides Japan, U.S.A., and Europe, his museum and gallery exhibitions were held in Moscow and Sao Paulo. Media coverage includes NY Times and other major art magazines.
Yamamoto lives in Yatsugatake Nanroku,Yamanashi Prefecture where he enjoys creating his work while being close to nature.
Fine Art Book, Ltd. to 2000 copies:
Hardcover book printed on Symbol Tatami White Smooth 135g/m2 // 96 pages (including 6 metallic/silver pages), 26cm x 25cm, 56 photos // Logo, slot and circle embossed // Hand-numbered, hand-stamped