Orbiturtle is a not-for-profit arts organisation that aims to foster a growing global community of musicians and artists by offering a platform for the sharing of ideas and arts practices. Formed in partnership with Australian saxophonist Dave Jackson and Japanese drummer/tabla player Ko Omura in 2014, Orbiturtle seeks to curate new collaborations between artists from across the Asia-Pacific region and establish a medium for the intersection of eastern and western art and philosophy.
Orbiturtle's most recent collaboration features koto virtuoso and experimental improviser Michiyo Yagi and bassist/cellist Takashi Sugawa, and took place over three days in residence at the Joganji Buddhist temple in Osaka, in January 2017.
An album of improvisations captured during the residency was released as Joganji in 2018. The music itself is a vivid reflection of both the personalities of the performers and the chilly snow scattered setting of the temple; sections of fragile minimalism evoke the monochrome landscape of the Japanese countryside in winter, while loud and chaotic periods pay homage to the disturbing deities and kabuki-style masks of Japanese surrealism and theatre.
This project was generously funded by an Australian Council for the Arts Development Grant.