2015 / USC to experiment Japanese renga- style stage performance with enka singer Jero and three hyper artists, Oct. 3

USC RengapoiUniversity of Southern California

Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religion and Culture


Rengapoi: Hyper-Arts Innovation Japan Style

Saturday, Oct. 3,  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm

University Park Campus

Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom

3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Tickets are free.  (213) 821-4365

Enka superstar Jero, video animator Yuriko Mizushiri, legendary illlustrator Katsuya Terada, and creative genius Matt Fargo share a single stage.

  • Jero, a Japanese and African American superstar in the Japanese classical enka music world
  • Yoriko Mizushiri, one of Japan’s leading female animators and video artists
  • Katsuya Terada, manga (or Japanese-style comic book) artist, well-known for his “live drawing” performances and his illustrations for Nintendo and Playstation
  • Matt Fargo, translator and author of numerous books on Japanese contemporary art and society and lead programmer at Tokyo-based design and technology company, Creative Lab PARTY.

Like Japanese linked verse (Renga) poets of old, above four artists inspire and riff off of one other in unexpected ways.

Japanese linked verse, called renga, is a collaborative art form in which members of a group, each in turn, compose a poetic link.

Every link riffs off what came immediately prior to it, but also moves things forward, creating a space for the next impromptu link by someone else.

Participants and audience together look on as the links gradually come to form a chainlike poetic sequence – a rich and unexpected composite artistry that goes beyond what a solo artist can do.

For more information and RSVP, visit:  http://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/917179/

This event is co-sponsored by Hapa SC.