First broadcast date: 7 January 2019
Mari* is Worldwide FM’s senior producer and Gilles Peterson’s longtime radio collaborator, and every month presents two hours introducing a new wave of artists and music coming out of Japan with her Oto Nova show.
Los Angeles-based composer and performer whose works explore harmonic overtones, resonance, and dissonance through precise tuning and gradual change in pitch. Grounded in a belief that “music should be as direct as possible,” his compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. Working in relation to American experimental music, microtonal music, and so-called drone music, Wada’s practice is also informed by interdisciplinary performance and Fluxus-affiliated artists.
He studied composition at CalArts with James Tenney, and has presented his work throughout the United States and Europe often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Julia Holter, Stephan Mathieu, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, and his father, composer Yoshi Wada. Wada’s music has been released by Yik Yak, De Stijl Records, and via his own imprint Saltern, which he runs from Los Angeles.