Alicia Bay Laurel 2013 Japan Concert Tour

This tour celebrates the release of two new CDs!

 

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It’s available here.


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It’s available here.

 

Here are the bookings and posters as of 06/29/2013.  Please check back for any changes!

06/06 Live with RabiRabi at OPPA-LA at Enoshima, open at 19:00 http://www.rabirabi.com/top/top.html
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06/07 Live at Hapon in Shinjuku, start at 19:00 http://hapon.asia/shinjuku/event/post2725/

06/08 Live with Little Eagle at Café Slow in Kokubunji, start at 19:00 http://event.cafeslow.com/?eid=1080490 and http://plusminustsuchi.com/littleeagle20120530/
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06/09 Live with Little Eagle at Beach Muffin in Zushi, start at 17:00
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06/15 Live with Little Eagle at Jisoan in Sue, Gifu, start at 14:00
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06/16 Live with Little Eagle at Café Ocean in Nishio (near Nagoya), start at 17:30
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06/21 Live with Little Eagle at Art Café Nafsha on Awaji Island, start at 19:30 (Summer Solstice!)
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06/22 Live with Little Eagle at MiCaLi in Mino, Osaka, start at 18:30

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06/23 Live with Little Eagle at Bagus in Wakayama, open at 15:00
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06/29 Live with Little Eagle at Cacao Magic in Kyoto, start at 18:00
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07/02 Live at Gallery Speak For in Daikanyama, Tokyo, start at 18:00. Reception event for show of original 1970 drawings from Living on the Earth, many with new Alicia Bay Laurel drawings on the mat boards, and framed in driftwood by master craftsman Yuji Kamioka.  Show runs 06/21 ~ 07/03
. Alicia’s live music at 18:30 on 07/02.  Address information: http://www.galleryspeakfor.com/ Here is a video of the installed show:
http://youtu.be/bZeFuZSVGUE  The music is “Everything is Flowing” from the CD “Songs from Being of the Sun.”
07/05 Live in Kanazawa, private event for Earth Keepers, start at 18:00
http://aas205.blogspot.jp/2013/06/living-on-earth.html

07/06 Live with Little Eagle at Oromina in Yokohama, start at 15:00
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07/07 Live with Little Eagle at Alishan Organic Center in Saitama, start at 16:00
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07/12 Live with Little Eagle at Cafe Unizon in Gi
nowan, Okinawa, start at 20:00

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07/13 to 07/15 Okinawa Sacred Sites Tour and Shrine Art Workshop at beautiful Donto-in, Tamagusuku, with Alicia Bay Laurel and Sachiho Saraswatie Kojima. For reservations, please contact Sachiho Saraswatie Kojima on Facebook or at OZUNU369 (at) dpx (dot) ne (dot) jp or call her at 070 5812 9088. Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/158003121048714/

07/18 Live in Ueda at Café PANI http://www.pani.jp/

07/20 Live with Little Eagle at Lumiere du Lazuli in Matsumoto, start at 15:00.  Tickets 2000 yen in advance or 3000 yen on the day of the event.
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07/25 Live with Inoue Ohana at Thumbs Up in Yokohama, start at 19:30 Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/602798496410762
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07/26 Live with Inoue Ohana at Chikyu-ya in Kunitachi http://chikyuya.info/contents/pickup


 

07/27 Live at YAMADA PARADISE FARM, presented by Green People
Open 16:30
Kathie and Keni Inoue (Inoue Ohana Band)17:30
Alicia Bay Laurel 18:30

608 Nakasakuma, Kyonan-machi, Awagun, CHIBA
ticket 1300(advance) 1500 (door)500(middle & high-school students)
more info by phone : 080-1282-6586 (Ohyama)

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198969503593654/

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07/28 Live with Inoue Ohana at Studio M in Koganei starting at 16:00

Send us email for reservation to spoonful.tlh@gmail.com. More information on our web page http://www.tinylittlehideout.com/spoonful/top.html

07/30 to 07/31 SARO resort Nii-jima Island – Overnight massage, nature, music and art retreat with Alicia Bay Laurel and Rie Kuwahara of Rie-treats for Under the Light Yoga. For tickets, please contact Rie at rie (dot) kuwahara(at) gmail (dot) com

 


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07/30 Live at SARO resort on Nii-jima Island (open to public), starting at 19:00. Address: Cafe and accomodation SARO, 3-3-4 Honson Niijima-mura Tokyo.

08/02 Live with Little Eagle at Shonan Club in Kamakura, start at 17:30
Event Fliers for 2013 Japan tour

 

 

08/03 Live event:

Vibration1 from Agriculture & Music
WASEDA SCOTT HALL
August 3rd, 2013, open 15:00
talk session about agriculture 16:00 by Alicia Bay Laurel, Kaoru Sugita & Kaoru Kawai
music session 17:00 by Alicia Bay Laurel, monk beat, DJ TATSUTA
close 19:00
Ticket 2000 yen advance?2500 yen at door

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08/04 Live with Inoue Ohana at Art Station POKARA in Nasu
Open at 14:30, start at 15:00
2500 yen for Live Event
1000 yen for Vegetarian Dinner after
Hula show included! 

253 Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Tochigi prefecture.
Tel 0287-76-4119
For more information, please call Kat-chan at 
090-6543-8272


 

Alicia Bay Laurel Patchwork on Display in San Francisco

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The autobiographical patchwork crazy quilt that I made between 1967 and 1974 will be on display in the lobby of the historic Mills Building in downtown San Francisco from October 18, 2010 to January 15, 2011 as part of a show called “Still Crazy,” which includes Victorian and 20th century crazy quilts, loaned by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Deborah Corsini, curator at SJMQT, created the show. If you are in San Francisco, please come see it!

The piece is 8 feet high and 5 feet wide, and contains “guest embroideries” by author Ray Mungo and composer/author Ramon Sender, as well as a small piece by Santa Cruz quilter Charlotte Lyons, who lived at Wheeler Ranch commune when I was writing and illustrating Living on the Earth.

Curator Deborah Corsini wrote:

“Alicia Bay Laurel’s crazy quilt is an excellent example of a 20th century crazy quilt from the decades of the 1960s – 1970s.  It is composed of a multitude of irregularly shaped fabrics, many typical of the time period.  There are large scale printed florals and smaller ditsy prints as well as embroidered and woven lace.  Many of the blocks contain unique and personal appliqued and embroidered scenes.  Some examples that clearly reflect on the universal (and astrological) themes that were of interest at the time are a God’s eye and embroidered solar system, a bull (her sun sign), and a flying lion (for Leo rising in her natal chart.)  Other blocks charmingly depict the Sausalito houseboat where she lived in 1967 and her guitar with “real” strings.  Like the crazy quilts of the 19th century, the one is filled with symbolic and personal references, and clearly references the cultural influences that were surrounding her.  Most importantly, this quilt has an embroidered date, 1967 – 1974, and an embroidered signature, Alicia bay laurel, which gives it true authenticity.

“…it is especially compelling because it is the authentic handiwork of a well-known woman, artist, author and creative spirit from that extraordinary ‘hippie’ time.  Alicia Bay Laurel’s crazy quilt is an excellent example of the continuum of the crazy quilt’s evolution and is a singular artifact by a multi-talented artist as a part of her early creative output and rich legacy.”

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Here I am on the last day of the show, January 14, 2011 with my quilt.  You might find a few differences between this one and the one at the photo at the top, which was taken in 2002.  That’s because the quilt suffered some damage in 2008 and has since been expertly restored by Karen Stern at her quilt and textile restoration studio in Berkeley.

2010 Japan Tour Schedule

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What an amazing 11 weeks that was!  I am resting up after my flight back to the USA and contemplating the joy and wonder of it all.

To read this schedule in JAPANESE, click HERE.

September 28 – 8:30 AM Teach art workshop for Fujino Steiner (Waldorf) High School.  (Alas, this workshop was cancelled due to flash flood warnings closing the school system for the day.)

October 3 – 4 PM Concert at Studio M
5-5-14 Maehara-cho,
Koganei, Tokyo 184-0013
Tel.042-381-0176

The closest train station is Musashi Koganei on the Chuo line.

The house concert was a great success – standing room only!  77 happy attendees.  Here’s how it looked:

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October 15 Concert at Nanso Bunka Hall in Tateyama
With tribal stomp and trance band RabiRabi x Piko, and local percussion band Awa Lion. 

It was a fabulous and eclectic offering.  At one point there was a taiko drum troupe, a belly dancer and an African dancer all performing together.  Here’s the finale piece in RabiRabi x Piko’s set, with the belly dancer and the African dancer on stage with them:

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October 22 and 23 Concerts at Yukotopia Deadheadsland
Yukotopia is a block from the Umejima train station, which you can reach via the Hibiya line from central Tokyo.  Turn right when you exit the station. It’s right across the street from the Star King Pachinko. The address is:

3-2-18 Umejima
Adachi-ku, Tokyo 120-0816
Tel. 033-886-2996

There will be 3 or 4 other acts on before me (I go on last). Yukotopia is a cosy room with lots of psychedelic ambiance and welcoming friendliness.  It has a full bar and offers some inexpensive entrees and snacks. People bring their kids sometimes.  It hosts poetry readings on Saturday afternoons. 

Here’s the schedule for Friday, October 22 (5 solo artists):

19:00~19:40 Hiroshi Sawada(Pop music)
19:40~20:20 So Terui (Acoustic)
20:20~20:50 Huga Matsuyama(Acoustic)
20:50~21:30 Roku
21:30~22:30(or longer) Alicia Bay Laurel

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Here I am on October 22, 2010, singing Floozy Tune at Yukotopia.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday, October 23:

19:00~19:50 Tsumugine(Improvisational vocal performance)
19:50~20:50 Shinokuni(Pop music)
20:50~21:50 Howdy Moonshine(former members of Electric Building band)
21:50~22:50(or longer) Alicia Bay Laurel

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Roku, the manager of Yukotopia, and I play “Ripple in Still Water” by the Grateful Dead to close my set.

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October 29-31 “Happy Flower Seed Party” (spiritual retreat) at Donto-in, Tamagusuku, Okinawa hosted and lead by Sachiho Kojima. Unplugged Concert with RabiRabi x Piko, Lakita Kudomi, Sachiho Kojima and me on 10/29. I teach an art workshop on 10/31.  Please contact me if you’d like to join us!

A typhoon postponed the outdoor concert at Hamabe No Chaya from 10/29 to 10/31, so we had an unplugged indoor candle light concert at Donto-in on the 29th in addition to the outdoor show on the 31st.  Hamabe No Chaya is a tea house with windows looking out over a calm bay enclosed by a coral reef.  The stage was actually erected on the sand below the high water line, at low tide.  The first act was a wonderful Okinawan traditional singer, next Sachiho played her lyre and sang spiritual songs, then I played guitar and sang original songs, and last RabiRabi played and everyone else danced.

The workshop included Sachiho’s sacred sites of Tamagusuku tour, this time augmented by the presence of Professor Hiroshi Nago, who has researched and written extensively about the Tamagusuku castle ruins.  He brought a slice of a rare seashell that is found on the outside of the coral reefs in Okinawa, and showed us that the entire structure of the castle is based on the structure of this shell. 

I lead the workshop participants in making visualization altars from found objects, including shells we picked at the beach.  I was astonished, when each person shared after building his or her altar, how deeply we are all thinking and feeling after visiting the sacred sites of Tamagusuku.

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November 3 Concert at Café Unizon in Ginowan, Okinawa, on the closing date of a one-month art show of original drawings from Living on the Earth. Alicia Bay Laurel plus all-woman trance band Amana.

Cafe Unizon’s sophisticated and comfortable room has a big view of Ginowan city, with the ocean in the distance.  They always have an art show installed, lots of great books for sale and excellent food.  Sachiho (on electric bass), Yoko Nema (on harmonium) and I had a great time playing original songs together.  Mingo Kazumi did an improvisational modern dance to my autobiographical song 1966.  Yoko lead a yoga breathing session between the session in which I talked about my art and the session inwhich she and I and Sachiho performed. Mieda-san, the owner, invited me back for next year!

 

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November 28 3 PM Concert at Alishan Organic Center

Komahongo 185-2 , Hidaka-shi,
Saitama-ken, Japan 350-1251
office phone +81-(0)429-82-4811

Alishan Organic Center is a beautiful building overlooking a river.  It houses an organic food wholesale and retail company owned by Jack Bayles, and a cafe and event space, where art classes, healing classes, and other community events are held.  If you shop for organic foods anywhere in Japan, you are likely to find their products.  Alishan is named after a mountainous area in Taiwan, the birthplace of Jack’s wife.

At 11 AM, Liane Wakabayashi will present her fascinating Genesis art workshop at Alishan, and at 3 PM I’ll sing my songs about the natural, organic life that Alishan Organic Center is all about.  For my concert, admission is 1500 yen, and includes a beverage.  Liane’s workshop also has an admission fee of 1500 yen and includes tea service.

Liane and I had a wonderful day together riding to remote Hidaka village on the train and doing our respective events.  I had a standing room only audience, and Mingo Kazumi came all the way from Tokyo to dance for me on the song 1966 again. Jack invited me to come back and perform next year!

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December 1 Opening at Gallery Le Deco, in Shibuya, Tokyo, of a new fashion line by Kaorico Ago owner/designer of Little Eagle and Lotus Heart fashion labels, some printed with drawings from Living on the Earth by Alicia Bay Laurel. The garments are manufactured from organically grown cotton and linen and hand sewn in a fair trade factory in India. The show will also feature framed original drawings from Living on the Earth.  There will be no music on December 1, but the next three nights there will be plenty!

Gallery Le Deco is on Meijidori, about one minute walk from the new south entrance to the JR Shibuya Station, or a five minute walk from the east entrance.  Phone 03 5485 5188.

December 2 show begins at 6:30 PM (18:30) with a hula kahiko halau (group) in performance, followed by a musical performance by Peace-K and Han-chan, and after that, an hour of Hawaiian songs and slack key guitar by Alicia Bay Laurel. Admission is 1200 yen in advance or 1500 yen at the door.

December 3 show begins at 6:30 PM (18:30) with the band Monk Beat, then Peace-K and Han-chan, and then Yammie, the creator of the Yappooo television series for children, will show a video of her latest work.  At the end, an hour of songs about the natural organic life by Alicia Bay Laurel.  Admission is 1200 yen in advance and 1500 yen at the door.

December 4 show begins at 6:30 PM with a modern dance by Shizuno, a dancer based in New York and Hawaii. Next, the wonderful singer/songwriter Yoshie Ebihara will perform.  After Yoshie, Alicia will perform 45 minutes of original music, and finally, the great traditional Japanese vocalist Ikue Asazaki will thrill us with her songs.  Admission is 1500 yen in advance and 1800 yen at the door. 

Advance tickets may be purchased at Le Deco Gallery.

This had to have been the most astonishing three days of my life.  Each night the place was packed, and on the last night there were lines in the street of people waiting to come in, including many of my dearest friends.  The staff had to take the potted plants out of the gallery to make room for everyone who wanted to stand.  I can’t take credit for this; the line-up on that night was stellar, and three very famous singers, Ua, Ikuko and Sandii Manumele came and performed in addition.

The reason so many great performers came to sing on behalf of Kaorico and her clothing is because Kaorico’s clothes are not just fashion.  They express a philosophy that reveres Native American spirituality, Hawaiian spirituality, the works of Mother Teresa and Gandhi, and my book, Living on the Earth.  All of these are about naturalness and simplicity, loving the earth as our common mother, and seeing all beings as family. Kaorico’s newest line of clothing is called “Loving and Sharing.”

Living on the Earth Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona, January 17, 2010

Living on the Earth and Beyond
At the Phoenix Biltmore Hotel, January 17, 2010
Presented by Crystal Achey of Phoenix Body, Mind and Spirit
More information here and ticket purchase here.

Morning…

Arrive by 9:30 to participate in a HEALING CIRCLE on the LAWN:
Followed by a NETWORKING CARD EXCHANGE

ORGANIZING SEMINAR
at 10:00 “Overcoming Overwhelm”
hosted by Zen Guru & Productivity Expert, Jen Furrier of Essential Organizing
Attendees to this seminar can enter a drawing  to win organizing products!

Luncheon & Special Presentations

INTRODUCTION SPEECH
“Social Movements of the 60’s & 70’s” in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
given by Dr. Jeanine, Coach for Women Worldwide of Simply Divine Solutions

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE & TALK
“Living on the Earth & Beyond” given by Alicia Bay Laurel author of the 1971 New York Times best selling guide for life on a hippie commune, Living on the Earth.

Followed by a PRIVATE CD & BOOKSIGNING  with Alicia Bay Laurel available EXCLUSIVELY to ALL DAY TICKET HOLDERS

Afternoon…

MERCADO on the VERANDA! Resources for Balanced Living
Go to PhxBodyMindandSoul.com for the most updated list of presenters

FITNESS SEMINAR at 1:30 “It’s a New Year!”
Time to update your knowledge of the best fitness practices! Lead by Pro Fitness Trainer, Brian Peitz
of FUZION Fitness in Scottsdale

CHEF DEMONSTRATION at 3:00 Select sweet samples from The Ice Dream Cookbook by Chef Rachel, The Healthy Cooking Coach. Attendees to this seminar can enter a drawing to win a copy of this must-have cookbook.

NETWORKING CIRCLE

CURTAIN CALL at 5:00 For Afternoon Attendees! Alicia Bay Laurel performs one last song!

My Japan 2009 Tour Schedule

September 20, Mori Cafe Festival in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

September 24, Teach class at Fujino Steiner School. Make art books with 12th grade English class. Private.

September 27, 4 PM Concert at Shu Cafe in Fujino.

September 29, Dual interview with novelist Banana Yoshimoto. It will appear in the November issue of Switch Magazine.

September 30, Art Show Opening Party and Concert at Roppongi Hills Club. 5000 JPY admission. For reservations, please contact Kurkku staff at 03-5414-6273

October 2, 6 to 8 PM Art Show Opening Party and Concert at Gallery Speak For in Daikanyama, Tokyo. Admission is free, but you need an invitation.  Please email me if you’d like to be on my guest list.

October 2 to 14, Art Show at Gallery Speak For. Framed original drawings from Living on the Earth, plus the artwork from the new CD Beyond Living.

October 6, Interview with Soto Koto Magazine at Under The Light Yoga Studio in Yoyogi, Tokyo

October 11, Concert at Teisha Garden in Komoro City, near Komoro Station, Nagano Prefecture.

October 13, Interview with Murmur Magazine in Haragyuku, Tokyo, including a fashion modeling session in Yoyogi Park.

October 16, 6:30 to 9 PM, Concert and talk session with special guest, actress and environmental activist Ikue Masudo (aka Saya Takagi) at FU-RYU in Minami-Bousou City. 1800 yen (free for kids under 12). For more information call 090 7202 9590 (Ishii) or 0470 38 3606 (on October 16 only).

October 18, Art class, making small books at Genesis Art Lounge in Okachimachi, Tokyo. CANCELLED

October 19, Concert at Naked Loft, at the Loft Project, Shinjuku.  7:30 to 8 PM, Bobin (Nepalese Reggae singer/guitarist).  8:10 PM to 9 PM, live talk show, with Bobin and Alicia, hosted by Kikuchi. 8:10 to 9 PM, Alicia plays.  Closest train station is Shin-Okubo.

October 23 or 24, Concert at Happy Flower Beach Party festival, Nago, Okinawa. Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek from Australia will join me.

October 27, Concert at Café Unizon in Okinawa. Alicia Bay Laurel, Amana band, and Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek from Australia.

October 30 Concert at Yukotopia live house in Umejima, Tokyo. Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek will join me.

November 1 Concert at Yukotopia live house in Umejima, Tokyo

See the full sized Yukotopia poster here.

 

Please check back; other events are still being planned!

 

Here’s my schedule in Japanese; many thanks to Reiko Ashidate for translating it!

 9月20日からアリシアの日本ツアーが始まります。

9/20 mori café フェスティバル(山梨)でのコンサート。2時開始

詳細はMori-cafeフェスティバル事務局まで
080-6738-3125(電話)または0551-35-4663(fax)
9/24 シュタイナー学校(藤野)で小さな本を作る授業を英語のクラスで行います。(生徒のみ)

9/27 Shu ライブハウスでのコンサート(藤野)

9/29 11月のSwitch誌のために吉本バナナとのインタビュー取材。

9/30 六本木ヒルズクラブでのアートショーのオープニングパーティとコンサート。入場料5000円。予約はKurkku 03-5414-6273まで。

10/2 Gallery Speak For(代官山)でのオープニングパーティとコンサート。 18:00-20:00

10/2-10/14  Speak For ギャラリーでのアートショー。

”地球の上で生きる”からのオリジナルイラストを額装したものと新作アルバム“Beyond Living”からのアートワークのオリジナルを展示・販売します。

10/11 Teishaガーデン(長野県小諸駅前)

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10/16 アリシア・ベイ=ローレル~トーク&ライブ セッション~ スペシャル・ゲスト 益戸育江(高樹沙耶)

場所:風流(千葉県南房総市白浜根元海岸)
料金1800円(中学生以下無料)
お問い合わせ090-7202-9590(石井)
当日の連絡先0470-38-3606(風流)

10/18  Genesis Art Lounge(御徒町)での小さな本づくりのアートクラスを行います

 

10/19 ネイキッドロフト(新宿)でコンサート。
SHINJUKU NAKED LOFT
http://www.loft-prj.co.jp/naked/
phone:03-3205-1556

19:30 Bobin, 20:10 Live talk with Bobin, Alicia, Kikuchi, 21:10 Alicia

10/23 または 24, Happy Flower Beach Party festival(沖縄の名護)

でのコンサート。アマナバンドと、オーストラリアから来たJoe Dolce と Lin Van Hekとの共演。

10/27 Café Unizon(沖縄)でのコンサート。 アマナバンドと、オーストラリアから来たJoe Dolce と Lin Van Hek
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10/30 Yukotopia (梅島)でのコンサート

11/1 Yukotopia (梅島)でのコンサート

Yukotopia コンサートのポスターイメージ:

More News from Japan

May 18, 2009

IÂ’m having another art show in Japan of the original drawings for Living on the Earth, opening right now. ItÂ’s at the Birdo Flugas Gallery in Sendai. Here are some photos on Flickr of the framed drawings hanging in the gallery.

The show was set up by Keisuke Era of Artist Power Bank in Tokyo, an environmental activist arts organization. WeÂ’ve been collaborating on projects over the past few years. The latest is a couple of souvenir items for Artist Power BankÂ’s annual outdoor rock festival. Above is my drawing on their 2009 festival t-shirt.

HereÂ’s how it looks on the order page of the festival web site.

I also adapted a drawing of a sea turtle I made for a yet unpublished book for their souvenir towel. Here are both sides of the towel.

This is from the festival web page that sells the towel.

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Here are two children at the festival wearing the towels as shawls!

One thing I encounter over and over in Japan is the request that I explain what I am attempting to communicate with my art, music and books. “What is your message?” After receiving the art, Keisuke sent me a questionaire on that very subject:

Hi Alicia-san, Would you give your messages to ap bank fes audience? It will be on web shopping site with your T-shirts and Towel graphics.

Question 1. Please tell us the concept of the design.

The swimming sea turtle shows that the ocean is healthy. Sea turtles die from drift nets and from choking on plastic bags (which look like food to them). We must stop polluting the ocean and using drift nets. In Native American and East Indian myths, the turtle is said to hold up the earth. The sea turtleÂ’s slow circular movements make waves in the water, which I drew in the design.

The t-shirt design shows the divine energy all around us coming forth as life (the tree grows out of emptiness). The tree of life expresses its energy as love (leaves like hearts). The bird is the joy of making music. The rabbit is the sweetness of innocence and connection to the earth. The sunÂ’s smiling face is the divine energy of compassion for all.

Question 2. What do you believe for making the environment better?

In our own daily lives, we need to do many small things that help. Take public transportation instead of drive a car when we can. Turn off lights we are not using. Insulate our buildings. Buy foods from farms near where we live. Try to use less packaging. Use recycling services.

In the bigger, political world, we need to elect leaders and vote for laws that stop industry from polluting and from killing wild animals, and from manufacturing things that pollute. This takes organizing. This is difficult, but it must be done in every country in the world.

Question 3. Message to ap bank audience please!!

Thank you for caring about the earth and for caring about each other. You are creating the future. Enjoy the music and the festival!

In Which I am Interviewed on the Radio by the Author of Spaced Out

Listen here for a wide-ranging 38-minute radio interview with me by Alastair Gordon, author of Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic ‘60s (2008, Rizzoli), in which he featured illustrations from my books Living on the Earth and Being of the Sun, which I co-wrote with Ramon Sender. Alastair Gordon also interviewed Ramon Sender for this radio series, which was part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008; you can listen to his interview on the same page. You can pick up a copy of Alastair’s wonderful book here.