Willamette presents concert by improvised music and dance ensemble

The Willamette Underground and Improvisational Program will present a performance by Noru Ka Soru Ka, improvised music and dance ensemble, on Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Noru Ka Soru Ka formed through a chance encounter in Japan. With ensemble members sharing a passion for collective improvisation, risk taking and the blurring of artistic boundaries, Noru Ka Soru Ka first performed in 2006 at Session House, a center for contemporary dance and new music in Tokyo. Noru Ka Soru Ka’s freely improvised performances draw on jazz, New Music and electronica, as well as the folk, classical, dance and theater traditions of East and West.

The 2011 touring lineup features dancers Makoto Matsushima and Mao Arata (Japan), percussionist Georg Hofmann (Switzerland) and Willamette Music Professor Mike Nord (U.S.) performing on guitar and laptop electronics.

Nord and Hofmann perform internationally in a variety of settings with musical and non-music collaborators. They record for Leo Records. Their current CD is “The Flow: Music for Improvised Dance.”  Matsushima and Arata tour internationally with the renowned Japanese dance theater Pappa Tarahumara, and as independent dancer/choreographers.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and free to Willamette faculty, staff and students. They are available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Willamette music department at 503-370-6255.