Art & Design

Maestro of Yellow Magic - Haruomi Hosono in '70s and Now

20 November 2016, London

This is a lecture event on a Japanese musician’s phenomenal but understated music achievements.


'Yellow Magic' is a parody word forged by a Japanese music maestro, Haruomi Hosono (1947-). The host will talk about phenomenal but understated musical achievements by the leader of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). In addition to his music


The lecture comprises two parts:
1) Hosono in 1970s - the birth of Yellow Magic (7pm-8pm)
2) Hosono in 2010s - roots music revisiting techno (8.30pm-9.30pm)


DJ play by 'Ski' Oakenfull at the intervals features YMO-flavoured music.

Free admission. Please buy drinks and snacks at the bar.


You will see how the Japanese musician opened up new fields like techno pop in late 1970s as well as revived good-old music by drawing inspirations from massive variety of sources. It is also about an intriguing story of a musician who struggled to develop his identity as a Japanese musician who had massive influence from the American cultural hegemony after the WWII.


The topics also include:

YMO, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Rock, Folk, Funk, Exotica, Techno, Roots music, Film music, Oldies, Computer game, Okinawa traditional music, Pops, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 2000s, 2010s, Charlie Chaplin, Nino Rota, Martin Denny, Buffalo Springfield, The Band, James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Kraftwerk, Yumi Arai (Yuumin), Kiki’s Delivery Service (dir. Hayao Miyazaki), Lost in Translation (dir. Sophia Coppola), Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa), Tokyo Olympics 1964, The Beatles Live in Tokyo 1966, Cultural gaps between East and West, American cultural hegemony (and more.)
20 November 2016, 7pm-10pm

Highbury Arts Club, 73 Highbury Park, London N5 1UA


Tomo & Ski