“My conversation with Sugai Ken about his experience creating ‘Doujiri’ links back to his travels to Kyoto. First-person shots allow us to relive Ken’s journey through Kyoto’s mystical bamboo forest. Ken wanted to visualize specific Japanese folk arts with this video, all of which have been used for centuries. Each object presented in the video has a special meaning as a ceremonial object or ritual offering.” – Kiyotaka Sumiyoshi
experience kiyo’s forest ritual for sugai ken’s “Doujiri” below:
Ken made first contact with RVNG the winter of 2015. At that intersection, Ken had already released a pair of albums (2010’s ToKiShiNe and 2014’s Tada) and would share a brilliant third (last year’s On The Quakefish) before we arrived at the conclusion that our worlds should share a closer corner in the cosmos.
We shine a light on what we’ve been creating in that (deep) space with the October 20 release of UkabazUmorezU. Like dark shadows cast on corners and across quiet streets, UkabazUmorezU offers a new take on the old night that visits each day on time and without trace. The album exists beyond listening, its own sense and sensibility.