|transonic is curated in 2003 by Gene Coleman, the Chicago-based bass clarinettist and composer, and features projects by Chinese and Japanese musicians. Among them are the singer and composer Liu Sola, whose work spans the blues, New York jazz and classical Chinese music, and Yoshihide Otomo, star of Tokyos experimental scene. The German ensemble LART POUR LART presents the results of a close collaboration with the Japanese composer Jô Kondô, while Yôko Nishi and the Ensemble N_ER make tangible the connections between the music of Yûji Takahashi and John Cage. Yumiko Tanaka, noise-rocker and shamisen (traditional Japanese lute) virtuoso, meets the celebrated electro-acoustic composer Carl Stone, and recent compositions by Gene Coleman can also be heard.
By concerning themselves with both the traditions and the current work of their colleagues, the musicians not only traverse countries and continents in their concerts but also break the boundaries of their artistic genres. transonic 2003 sees itself as a new productive forum for current developments on the international music scene, as a place of experimentation outside restrictive categories such as new music, jazz or world music and as an open sound-field for the meeting of musicians from Asia, Europe and the USA.