Kohske Kawase

Born in Kyoto in 1970 and grew up in Tokyo. Since his debut as an artist in 2002 with music for the illumination “Long Autumn Sweet Thing,” Kawase has continued to seek “things having a wide opening and depth.” He participated in the Aichi Expo 2005. His music for the film work “PopulouSCAPE” was lauded for his grandiose but romantic composition, which was said to have “breathed soul into the imagery”. In 2010, at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival he became known for his piece “BEARINGS GLOCKEN II.” In the winter of 2012 he presented “a tone of light” at an illumination event at Tokyo Skytree. In 2013, he collaborated with Kaiji Moriyama and Kodue Hibino on the performance “LIVE BONE,” and released three debut albums simultaneously.


Art Parade "LIVE BONE Dōgo Onsenart 2014 Version"


The performance was composed of two parts: a children’s parade, and a fusion of an installation by Fujiko Nakaya and a performance by Kaiji Moriyama. “LIVE BONE” was a performance by Kaiji Moriyama (dance & choreography), Kodue Hibino (costume), and Kohske Kawase (music). Hibino held a workshop in advance to make hats in the shape of an egret with 500 children. These children then wore the hats and were choreographed by Moriyama to create the special “BONE” dance around local shopping arcades. The second half of the performance was staged at the northern façade of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan, with Moriyama slipping through the people standing on the paving stones. Fog then suddenly transformed the space for a dramatic, mystical finale.

©KOHSKE KAWASE / Dōgo Onsenart 2014



While a flickering light created various moods, comforting sounds filled the room. Kawase is a composer who has been producing light and sound artworks since 2002. This work was set in the lobby of a public bathing facility where offered a relaxing, meditative experience for bathers.

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