Client: Sogetsu Ikebana San Francisco Bay Area Branch
Date: September 24, 2016
Live collaborative performance for Sogetsu Ikebana 90th Anniversary Flower Show featuring Japanese calligraphy accompanied by experimental acoustic sound art and taiko solo by Galen Rogers. 『一花一葉』(Ikka-Ichiyoh) is one of the core philosophy of Sogetsu Ikebana, an avant-garde school of Ikebana founded by Sofu Teshigahara (勅使河原蒼風), as he claims in his book "花伝書": "One flower, one leaf embodies thousands of flowers and millions of leaves, which contains a whole universe within the art of Ikebana. The smaller the arrangement becomes, the bigger its world you aim to express." His philosophy in the art of Ikebana resonates with the art of Japanese calligraphy.
Under the theme "一花一葉", various artistic expressions were united in one place. Beautiful flower arrangement for sumi ink vase by Sayaka & Hogan of Studio Sen is centered in its elegant balance; it was my abrupt imagination that Sumi ink is contained in the stillness of water, purified by the genuine form of live flowers blooming in full. The sound by the trio Jesse Wiener, Anya Rome and Andrej Hronco embraced the stillness and highlighted the impermanence. Breathtaking Taiko solo by Galen Rogers transformed the calligraphic brushstroke movements into powerful physical movements and drumming. Assistants: Jeanie Aprille Tang and Yukina Yamamoto. Photo by Benjamin Marx.