Photograph: © Asier Gogortza at ERTZ festival, Basque country, Spain
Ringing dew drops, beneath the waves
Tomoko Sauvage realizes for the first time in the UK her long-durational performances within her ephemeral installation using water, porcelain bowls and crystal ice. For TÖNE festival, she is fully inspired by magical moments of midsummer as well as the local submarine half-immersed in the river. Tomoko has been developing her original instrument ‘waterbowls’, porcelain bowls of water amplified with hydrophones (underwater microphones). The performances will be a collaboration with Adrien Silvestre who will also be working with Tomoko on her video installation,In her recent performances, the resonance of the space plays an important role, affecting the vibrations of the water and the air creating feedback finely controlled with water waves and drops. For TÖNE festival, performances will be held at dawn and at dusk to make the most of midsummer magic. Tomoko’s installation will be viewable throughout the festival and she will give special performances on Friday 20th June, 21:00-23:00, Saturday 21st June, 4:30am and Sunday 22nd June, 11.30-12.30 all at POP, 64-66 High Street, Chatham. Tomoko is also particularly touched by the local presence of the enigmatic submarine, “Black Widow” because of the fact that the hydrophones she uses for her music were originally developed to detect submarines during the wars.


About Tomoko Sauvage

Tomoko Sauvage, Japanese musician/sound artist based in Paris, has been working on waterbowls, porcelain bowls of different sizes, filled with water and amplified with hydrophones (under-water microphones). She plays with different forms of water – drops, waves and bubbles resonating in the bowls as well as audio feedback creating waving drones and natural overtones. Her work is about the delicate balance between controlled and uncontrolled with random percussion of droplets, acoustic characteristics of the space and the fragile tonality created with the fluid materials constantly evaporating and moving. Sauvage has been giving performances, exhibitions and workshops in Europe, US, Canada and Japan, often in solo but also in collaboration with musicians and choreographers.

Tomoko is supported by:

Aquarian Audio – Hydorphones
La Pommerie/ Le CRAFT – porcelain bowls