UNDER THE DRAGON

At an exceptionally rare event, Chris was invited to perform with the gagaku "sho" musician Tokiko Ihara and environmental soundscape artist Samuel Andre at Kohshoji Temple, Kyoto (May 13th, 2018). The performance was held in the inner sanctum of the temple and officiated over by the head monk Mochizuku sama, who also participated by reciting a Buddhist sutra and offering prayer. This was the first time that a performance was granted permission to take place in the holy dragon-roofed sanctum; the closing event of Kyoto's "Multi-Layered Identities" Art Exhibition. (Portrait photograph of the artists by Yuji Ohsugi)


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THE SEVENTH SENSE

"Tanabata" - the seventh day of the seventh month - is annually celebrated throughout Japan as the day when the goddess Orihime and the cowherd Hikoboshi meet across the Milky Way. This year (2017) the day seemed more auspicious than most, with all the sevens lining up on the calendar (7/7/17). Subsequently, Chris (with the American poet Jordan Smith) wrote and performed, together with a stellar cast of musicians and artists, a multimedia remix of the Tanabata legend set in contemporary Tokyo.


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LIFE ON MARS

Recently Chris has forged a close partnership with the inimitable avant-garde musician Coppe - the "cosmic goddess from Planet Pink" - writing "Swan Song" for her box-set compilation and "An Army of One" and "Beethoven in Antennae" (a song he penned with the German composer/musician Uwe Schmidt: "ATOM TM") for her 2016 "20rpm" release. For her upcoming album, out later this year (2017) Chris contributed "Blessed by Unconsciousness" – lyrics inspired by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.


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MISHIMA, MUTATIONS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ARK OF THE LOST TRIBE

2016 was a busy and energizing year for Chris on the performance circuit. Continuing his collaboration with the ensemble ENSO WATT, he wrote the scenario and performed in two events at the cult venue UrbanGuild, Kyoto. Originally beginning as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, this series of shows has mutated into a journey through time and space – developing into a deconstruction of language and a dystopian look at an array of cyber-social phenomena. The "trip" continues with further shows scheduled.


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POEMS AND MOBILE PHONES

In September 2016 at Beams Gallery, Shinjuku, Chris, together with the artist and translator Kin Shiotani, gave a bilingual reading from his latest book of poems ("The City that Silk Built"). This was followed by a book signing and a momentary photo op . . . to the delight of Facebook friends undoubtedly!


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THE FLAME OF PEACE

2015 is the 70th year of the end of the WWII and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In remembrance of the devastation of that city, the flame, kindled from the original fires that burnt after the attack, will be carried on a pilgrimage, from Hiroshima, via Kyoto, Tokyo and an array of cities in Europe to eventually reach Jerusalem. Along the flame’s journey, the “Earth Caravan,” will conduct interfaith prayers for peace, and in the case of Japan, Chris has been invited to read poems in all three cities: the “Peace Park” in Hiroshima, (July 5th), Choin-in temple in Kyoyo (July 12th) and the Zojo-ji temple on Tokyo (July 19th) - events he is particularly honoured to participate in.


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