I walked a different, much longer, route back to the station on my way home this evening and came across a brilliant lone musician under Southwark Bridge. I listened to him play for a moment, snapped these quickly, then my phone rang and I walked on…
“Look closely… there are eggs under the leaves. This work holds life and death – the cycle of life.” Artist Riusuke Fukahori whispered to us as he walked passed at the ICN Gallery in Shoreditch, London where his exhibition opened recently. We were looking into a wooden container that was filled with clear water and dozens of goldfish, some were full of life swimming away while others were facing the end of their lives… Only after a second look do you realise it is actually a painting; an amazing work of art. If you are looking for something to be marvelled, this is definitely it.
「よく見てみて、葉っぱの下に卵があるから。生と死、命のサイクルが全てこの中にありますよ。」 ギャラリー内を通りかかったアーティスト深堀隆介がそっと私達に囁いた。彼の展示「Goldfish Salvation」（金魚救い）が現在ロンドン、ショーディッチにあるICNギャラリーで開催されている。私達は透き通った水を張った大きな桶の中で泳ぐ金魚の大群を覗き込んでいた。元気いっぱいに泳ぐ金魚もいれば、お腹を上にして息絶えてしまっている金魚もある。そして信じがたい事に、これらは全てペインティングである。動いていないのがおかしいくらいの素晴らしい技術と美しさ。心からハッとするような芸術作品だ。
We accidentally found ourselves at the heart of the Thames Festival as we wandered along the Southbank on Saturday which was pretty hectic and with so much going on, it was a pretty exhausting walk! However, we came across a hang-drum player that changed our mood completely.
I would imagine the hang is an incredibly difficult instrument to play but makes a beautiful sound. I came across the hang-drum years ago when I saw the now famous Portico Quartet also busking on the Southbank. To give you an idea of the rhythmic sound of the hang, you can listen to the Portico Quartet on YouTube here. I haven’t been able to find out this musician’s name but if anyone knows, please comment here.
On the way down from the rooftop cafe we stumbled across this circular live music venue made entirely from straw bales. Inside the silence was thick and heavy; the straw absorbed so much sound, it was a really strange sensation. There was a stage being set-up and I imagine that music in this little roundhouse sounds incredible.
I had been waiting a while since the last time I saw him, but Sunday finally came and we went to see Ryan Adams play the first night of his two ‘Acoustic Nightmare’ sets in London.
The fact that this was a no-phones / no-taping / no photography gig really did make a difference; no bright screens to distract from the music. There was a very short burst of photographs as he left at the end of the show, and I took advantage of that, but to sit in darkness for 2.5 hours listening to him play acoustically alone was heaven. Despite a few guitar-tuning issues, the sound in the Barbican was amazing, it shocks me every time to hear just how good his voice sounds and how skilled a guitar player he is.
The acoustic black-metal / spanish-guitar improvised song made us laugh, as did his stories of norway. The two new songs he played were brilliant and I can hardly wait to hear the new album.
As I said before, music became quite a feature of to our mini-holiday; we stopped in various pubs over the weekend and saw a couple of really nice, live, informal sessions. I was secretly pleased on Saturday night when a really annoying drunk woman bothered the musicians so much, they finally gave in and played Danny Boy which was an old favourite of my grandad. The song was played beautifully and the drunk woman finally left.
As well as Guinness, we tried a few other different stouts, one at The Porterhouse with fresh Oysters shucked into the brew which was lovely. We are quite sad to be home really, and after all the beer and breakfasts, my diet definitely starts tomorrow…!