On Friday February 3, 2012, we met at 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Richard’s Bar at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. We entered the freezing and badly lighted bar where Swiss artist Tobias Madison taught us the five movements as listed on the backside of the LP Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki (coll. John Paul MacDuffie Woodburn), an album described by Discdogs as follows: “The 1971 concept album was the brainchild of French pop composers Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde, who learnt Japanese before recording began and even enlisted the aid of a renowned black-belt Judo master to introduce the tracks, which were all sung in Japanese by a school choir. The result is theatrical, epic, freaky and exotic pseudo-Japanese pop that absolutely defies categorization.”
The performance that followed defied categorization as well. Due to lack of space, we had to go outside onto the bar’s vast terrace. There, we followed the movements / indications for a five-part performance as printed on the back of the LP Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki. Written in French, we translated it into English thanks to an Internet translator (which added some unexpected words and sense to the instructions, producing even more “de-categorization”):
the YAMASUKI is a sequence of attitudes and gestures that express the $ ·
of. Ia life. Is changed. position to each sound.
clasped hands, ((n in prayer, we look forward slowly year
(photo 1), one recovers, we turn to his right
then left 0 (Jand I are Chmura, begin to sing, it starts
not place a sill). ilar to that Ia ~ e samba. (phot ~ 2)
· and legs spread arms are swinging it right and turn
gauehe emphasizing one of mouvenlent. appears on the legs.
Rapla arms around the face. (photo 4)
arms perform graceful movements of oriental style.
COM THE BAT:
Preparati9n: legs apart, hands on thighs, jump
Attack: Taking the positions of karate (photo 5) shouting
“C • aa ooh n.
Hara Kiri: you push the cry of the Kwai •
We start with THE SALVATION. JOY. and so on.
Richard’s Bar will open again, we will let you know!