Motiongrapher • Projection Mapping
“Maid cafés (メイドカフェ Meido kafe) are a subcategory of cosplay restaurants found predominantly in Japan. In these cafés, waitresses dressed in maid costumes act as servants, and treat customers as masters (and mistresses) in a private home, rather than as café patrons. The first permanent maid café, Cure Maid Café, was established in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan in March 2001, but maid cafés are becoming increasingly popular. As they have done so, the increased competition has made them become crazier in order to attract customers.”
Sony PS3 Realtime Projection Mapping - Immersive Movie Experience
‘Nights in Tokyo’ is a new collaborative project by Tokyo Love-In (Michael K. Chin) working with Australian and Japanese artists, integrating both traditional art forms and contemporary ones.
‘Nights in Tokyo’ is a multimedia work combining photography, video, movement and music. It paints an outsiders or gaijins view of Tokyo today and what they find interesting about Japan’s ancient traditions and modern subcultures.
Tokyo Love-In (Michael K. Chin)
Influenced by extensive travels, jamming with J-Pop bands and Bhangarra bands, Tokyo Love-In produces a unique, sophisticated sound combining live Eastern improvisation, Global beats and Western ‘electronic Jazz’.
With a collaborative approach to his music Tokyo Love-In works across musical genres and art forms to produce visually creative stage shows. His shows feature live musicians from around the world & electronic beats, combined with synchronized visuals & anime projected on to massive screens.
In a new work, ‘Life on Top of Hyde Park’ - Tokyo Love-In collaborated with Pete Longworth (photographer) & Chris Baron (film maker) and were the feature artists on
Australia Day 2010 at Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The work culminated
in a multimedia piece featuring a public gallery space, massive outdoor cinematic screen, contemporary dancers, a member of the Tokyo Wind Orchestra and a Steinway grand piano.This work went on to win 2 awards at the New York Independent Film Festival (USA), screened at the Cannes Film Festival (FRA), the End of the Pier International Film Festival (UK).
Tokyo Love-In’s music features on compilation albums, and film and television soundtracks, with such artists as, Mahmood Khan aka MKF (who has sold over 60 million CDs world-wide).
In 2010, working with Mahmood Khan, they had a No.1 Hit Single in Australia for ‘Like the River’ (ARIA Charts).
Tokyo Love-In has also performed at the Sydney Opera House with Mahmood Khan. Other performances include the FIFA Fan Fest (World Cup Soccer), Buddha’s Day Festival (Melbourne), Natsu Matsuri (Japanese Summer Festival), Holi Festival, The Basement, Apple Store (Sydney), and various venues in London, New York, & Tokyo.
Tokyo Love-In and his collaborative partners are proudly supported/sponsored by Apple, Nikon, Epson, Gibson Guitars, Rode Microphones, and the Guitar Factory.
‘Let’s Go to the Park’ - Nights in Tokyo
When my friend from Japan, Chika, came to visit Sydney she sang this kawaii little song that she had learned to learn English. I was so taken by it, that I immediately sampled her singing it live & it even has her clapping along!
Then I composed a cute acoustic guitar part & cut it with some beats and wrote some string parts. It came together so beautifully!
I then synchronised it to some beautiful photos by my long-time friend, Pete Longworth.
I love this track!
Photography © Pete Longworth 2010
Music © Tokyo Love-In 2010
‘Irezumi Wo Kita Otoko’ - Nights in Tokyo
Inspired by the stories of Japanese Yakuza, and the photography of Anton Kusters, Tokyo Love-In composed ‘Irezumi Wo Kita Otoko’. The opening bars emulate the cicadas often heard in Tokyo, and yet, to see the cicadas, it is often difficult, even though their presence is known. This parallels the hidden life of the Yakuza, and the reaches of their influence.
In the composition is also heard the tortured sounds of the traditional Japanese Noh flute, an instrument often played by ancient samurai. Later, the piece grows in strength to include a thunderous choir of taiko (Japanese drums).
The visuals by photojournalist, Anton Kusters are part of a photographic journey into the rarely-seen world of the Yakuza. At great risk to himself and his loved ones, Anton made a deal with the Yakuza in order to document them.
For more information on this extraordinary photographic essay, visit:
Photography © Anton Kusters 2010
Music © Tokyo Love-In 2010
TaikOz Duo: Tom Royce-Hampton & Anton Lock.
Tom became a member of TaikOz in 2007 after having completed two years of Advanced Study training.
Since joining TaikOz, Tom has travelled to Japan to further his studies in Wadaiko, including workshops with the head of Miyake Daiko, Akio Tsumura and Onikenbai with Iwasaki Onikenbai.
Tom completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Music majoring in Percussion.
Anton attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was the first student to perform on taiko for the HSC. He received top honours for his recital and was subsequently selected to open the proceedings at the Premier’s Awards at the Sydney Opera House Encore performance.
Anton received his first instruction from TaikOz members, as well as Fuun no Kai member - and past TaikOz member - Kenichi Koizumi.
Tom & Anton have traveled to Sado Island where they were taught Onikenbai,a traditional performing art of Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture by Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo.
TaikOz are confirmed as part of the ‘Nights in Tokyo’ collaboration.
TaikOz are Australia’s premier Taiko group, and have collaborated with some of the world’s finest artists, including world-renowned taiko greats Eitetsu Hayashi, Eitetsu Fuun no Kai and Kodo, percussion group Synergy.
It will be an honour to work with Ian Cleworth (Creative & Artistic Director of TaikOz), and ‘TaikOz Duo’ - Tom Royce Hampton & Anton Lock.