AMF was started by Otomo Yoshihide in 2005 with the hope of promoting a robust creative interaction between Japanese and other Asian musicians. With the festival nestled within the auspices of Ensembles Asia, and with the inclusion of Yuen Chee Wai from Singapore and Hong Kong-based dj sniff as curators since 2014, AMF has evolved into one of Asia's foremost experimental, improvisational and noise music festivals. AMF aims to identify key figures in an emerging Asian experimental and independent music scene, and cultivate a new collaborative network among musicians and organisers through diverse activities such as concerts, workshops, sound tours, and recordings sessions. AMF has presented their programs in various cities of Japan including Fukuoka, Kobe, Kyoto, Tokyo, Saitama, Sendai, Sapporo and in Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
dj sniff (Hong Kong)dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) is a musician and curator in the field of experimental electronic arts and improvised music. His musical work builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design, and free improvisation. He has performed internationally at various venues and festivals around the world, and has released 12 DJ mixes and 4 albums, which includes collaborations with Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide, Martin Tetreault, and Paul Hubweber. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, All About Jazz, The WIRE, and MusicWorks. During his appointment as Artistic Director of STEIM (2007 - 2012) in Amsterdam, he curated and produced over 100 projects including large-scale international festivals and award winning art works. Between 2012 - 2017 he resided in Hong Kong where he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media CityU HK, and since 2014 Co-Director of Ensembles Asia / Asian Music Network. He is now based in Tokyo.
Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore)Singapore-based musician, artist and designer, Yuen Chee Wai's improvisational work explores relationships between sound, image and word. In 2008 together with fellow musicians Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Ryu Hanki (Korea) and Yan Jun (China), they formed FEN (Far East Network) - an improvisational music quartet focused on cross-disciplinary collaborations within Asia. Yuen is the Co-Director of Ensembles Asia / Asian Music Network, which runs the Asian Meeting Festival annually in Japan. Being firmly plugged in South East Asia, he has been able to successfully bridge numerous new collaborations with musicians from South East Asia with others from around the world. Yuen is also a key member of avant/experimental rock band The Observatory (Singapore), with whom he plays guitar, synth and electronics. The Observatory runs an initiative called Playfreely, which focuses on collaborations between musicians of different styles and genres, traditional and experimental, coming together in an intensive environment, to workshop and produce new and interesting work. With 7 albums to date, The Observatory continues to perform and tour worldwide.
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