David Toop, Rie Nakajima and Angharad Davies play Mieko Shiomi

  • The text in the white image with black font reads: BOUNDARY MUSIC Make the faintest possible sound to a boundary condition whether the sound is given birth to as a sound or not. At the performance, instruments, human bodies, electronic apparatus or anything else may be used. Chieko Shiomo, 1963

    Mieko Shiomi, Boundary Music, 1963, event score, courtesy the artist

Past Event

This event was on 19 September, 4pm

David Toop is joined by fellow musicians Rie Nakajima and Angharad Davies and by students from University of the Arts London to perform a work loosely based on Mieko Shiomi’s Fluxus event score Boundary Music (1963). Additional performers are Rahel Kraft, Wini Cheng, David Bloor, Tomoko Hojo, Kenny Love, Deniz Paran, Brigitte Hart and Alex Yiu, with camera by Gareth Johnson.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance starts. This is a standing event, with limited seating provided on request.


David Toop is a musician/composer, author and curator. He studied fine art and graphic design in the late 1960s, then in 1971–72 participated as guitarist and flautist in the first improvisation workshops led by jazz drummer John Stevens. His first album, New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure Records label in 1975; since 1995 he has released eight solo albums. He has published a number of books, and written essays for artists such as Susan Philipsz, Haroon Mirza, Christian Marclay, and Francis Alys. As a critic and essayist he has written for many publications, including The WireThe Face, and The Times. He is a Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the University of the Arts London, and Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music.

Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has exhibited and performed widely both in the UK and overseas and has produced the ‘Sculpture’ series with David Toop since 2013. She frequently collaborates with David Cunningham, Miki Yui, Pierre Berthet, Guy De Bièvre across the fields of art and music. She has performed with musicians Clive Bell, Lee Patterson, Daichi Yoshikawa, Shuichi Chino, Lau Nau, Phill Niblock and many others. In 2014 she received the Arts Foundation Award in the category of Experimental Music.

Angharad Davies is a violinist with a wide discography as part of a varied range of ensembles and groups. In 2015 she was commissioned to produce a new work for the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow and premiered Eliane Radigue’s new solo for violin, ‘Occam XXII’ at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico. Over the course of her career, she has performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms, and as part of Music We’d Like to Hear’s concert series. She is an associate artist at Cafe Oto, is a member of the groups Apartment House, Cranc and Common Objects, and has been artist in residence at Q-02, Brussels. She has also played live with Tony Conrad in the Turbine Hall atTate Modern, London, and has released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.

Conceived in association with: Guest Curator Tom Trevor.

In partnership with:
The Vinyl Factory



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