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Kazue Kobata, 2011, photo by Ikeda Risa
Kazue Kobata, 2011, photo by Ikeda Risa

Kazue Kobata is Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts, a longtime Adjunct Curator/Representative in Tokyo for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Committee member, performance space/studio Plan B, an artists' cooperative since 1982. She is an author, translator, curator, producer, and researcher.

Radio Featuring Kazue Kobata

Kazue Kobata, Tokyo Correspondent, presents Part 1 of an experimental concert at Plan B. This startling concert features several generations of musicians playing music in free-form, including Ryuichi Daijo, Takuya Takahashi and Takuya Takahashi.

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Self-made Instruments, Pt. 2

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Our Correspondents: Tokyo

The impressario Kazue Kobata presented this live concert at Plan B Tokyo in August, 2004 featuring musicians playing instruments of their own invention including sound artist Atsuhiro Ito, with his optron amplified fluorescent tube.

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Voices from Okinawa and Korea, Pt. 2

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Our Correspondents: Tokyo

A musical counterpart to producer and curator Kazue Kobata's P.S.1 exhibition "The Perpetual Moment: Visions from within Okinawa and Korea," with photographs depicting the effect of American military bases on their turf.

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Komatcha Klezmer

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Our Correspondents: Tokyo

Kazue Kobata reports from Tokyo on the Cicala Muta; traditionally trained, Pied-Piperlike musicians who appear in the streets in costume to attract crowds for shop promotions. She also introduces western ears to Klezmer music, Japanese style.

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Part 2 of the Plan B show. Host Kazue Kobata introduces live performances by veteran electronic musicians Sam Bennett, Wataru Okuma and Suichi Chino during this concert at Plan B, the Tokyo artists' collective and performance space.

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Improvised and Minimal

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Our Correspondents: Tokyo

Kazue Kobata provides illuminating commentary on this performance of improvised music by contemporary international musicians playing live at Plan B in Tokyo. The bill includes John Butcher, Otomo Yoshihide, Rhodri Davies, and Toshimaru Nakamura.

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