Meeting Points Series 2018/2019

Umi no uzu - featuring Aaron Choulai


Sunday 3 February 5pm

Duration: 1 hour

Arts Centre Melbourne
Fairfax Studio




$60 for three concerts in the Meeting Points Series ($95 value)



Aaron Choulai - Piano accordion/keyboard/electronics

Miyama McQueen-Tokita - Koto

Kojoe - Rapper

Popy Oil - Live video

Peter Knight - Trumpet & electronics

Erkki Veltheim - Violin

Joe Talia - Drums & electronics


Meeting Points Series

Hand to Earth, Sun 23 Sept 5pm

im/modesty, Sun 9 Dec 5pm

Umi no uzu, Sun 3 Feb 5pm

Immerse yourself in waves of electronic music and Japanese hip-hop.

Mythical, innovative and deeply groovy, Umi no uzu (meaning ‘stirring the oceans’) is the latest work by Tokyo-based composer/pianist/beatmaker, Aaron Choulai.

In this daring new work, Choulai brings together traditional Japanese court music known as Gagaku, with anime, jazz and hip hop. These diverse influences come together to tell the story of the Japanese creation myth.

Along with an outstanding line-up of musicians, Choulai will be joined by hip-hop icon Kojoe - famous for his work in both the Japan and New York hip-hop scenes. Their music will be set against a backdrop of Japanese anime projections by renowned artist/filmmaker, Popy Oil.

A hugely influential figure within the jazz and improvised music scenes, Choulai was born in Papua New Guinea before moving to Melbourne and later New York. The acclaimed musician is also well known for his hip hop collaborations with artists such as Mantra and Joelistics.

About Meeting Point Series

A concert series for the curious.

This intimate performance series by the Australian Art Orchestra features cutting-edge artists from Australia and Asia. Experience a curated lineup of never-before-seen works, electrifying improvisations and cross-cultural collaborations.

Meeting Points Series is a creative collaboration between Australian Art Orchestra and Arts Centre Melbourne. More info here.


im/modesty is supported by the City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts.