Interwoven Histories: an Afternoon with Ryoko Akama, Narayan Dey, Ian Duhig, Ahmed Kaysher, Amal Podder, Minami Saeki & Taku Sugimoto, 31 March 2018

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To conclude our Interwoven Histories exhibition, a group of poets and musicians will present performances across Leeds Industrial Museum, reactivating the cultural diversity of the former mill’s workforce.

Sound artist Ryoko Akama, whose sound sculpture loiner or was commissioned by Pavilion, will perform alongside Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto and vocalist Minami Saeki; poet Ian Duhig will read a new poem written especially for the occasion, accompanied by a spinning mule; and singer Ahmed Kaysher, harmoniumist Amal Podder and percussionist Narayan Dey will perform a selection of Bengali folk songs written against British Imperialism in India.

31 March 2018, 2–3.30pm
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Canal Road
LS12 2QF

Free, book via eventbrite

Part of a two-year Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded project curated by Pavilion. Supported by Wesleyan Foundation.Follow our Interwoven Histories project blog here.

Image: Timothy Neat, The Victorian market and the city of Leeds (series) circa 1965-66. Copyright Timothy Neat

Ryoko Akama is a sound artist who approaches minimalistic compositions that magnify silence, time and space and offer quiet temporal/spatial experiences. Her works examine delicate and fragile objects such as paper balloons and glass bottles, creating tiny occurrences that embody ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. Her performance and installation works are comprised of automated mundane objects and simple electronics in order to produce spontaneous activities of sound and light. She runs melange edition label, amespace and co-edits mumei publishing.

Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry. He has won the National Poetry Competition twice, and also the Forward Prize for Best Poem; his collection, The Lammas Hireling, was the Poetry Book Society's Choice for Summer 2003, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best Collection. Chosen as a New Generation Poet in 1994, he has received Arts Council and Cholmondeley Awards, and has held various Royal Literary Fund fellowships at universities including Lancaster, Durham, Newcastle and his own alma mater, Leeds.

Ahmed Kaysher is a poet, fiction-writer, film and literature critic as well as the director of Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music, one of the eminent Indian classical music promoters in UK. He is also the chairman of Eastern Arts and Media Network (ENAAN) that supervises an internet based television ( and along with a range of media activities. He is the key organiser of RadhaRaman Festival, (, the largest Bengali cultural event in the North. Kaysher works for local government in library and information services. He performs his own poetry both Bengali and English in major literature and poetry events around the UK.

Minami Saeki was born in born in Nagasaki and is a film actress, singer, and dancer. She studied classical ballet, contemporary dance, classical singing and has has acted in films inlcuding “Village on the Village” (Yukihiro Kurokawa) and “Natsu no Musumetachi-Himegoto” (Teiichi Hori). Saeki is active as a singer and has performed with Taku Sugimoto, Junichiro Tanaka, Wakana Ikeda, Masafumi Ezaki, Takashi Masubuchi, Manfred Werder, Stefan Thut in the fields of both pop and experimental music.

Taku Sugimoto is a composer, guitarist and improviser. He is active in composing, while maintaining an interest in improvisation. Sugimoto has performed worked with Radu Malfatti, Manfred Werder, Stefan Thut, Cristian Alvear, Christian Kobi, Simon Roy Christensen, Johnny Chang, Takeshi Masubuchi, and Minami Saeki. He is a member of Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble, an ensemble focusing on performing compositions of contemporary or experimental music.