Yoko ONO & Thurston Moore
Yoko Ono, the legendary avant-garde artist, musician and activist, will be the star of this year’s TRANSATLANTYK!
Yoko Ono, the legendary avant-garde artist, musician and activist, will be the star of this year’s TRANSATLANTYK - Poznan International Film and Music Festival! Thurston Moore, the celebrated American guitarist and vocalist of Sonic Youth, will accompany Ono during the performance. This will be Ono and Moore’s first Polish concert to date! The musicians will be accompanied by an improviser and drummer Adam Gołębiewski from Poznan.
Tickets for Yoko Ono’s concert on August 7th, 2013 will be available here.
Yoko Ono will also receive the Transatlantyk Glocal Hero Award 2013 - in honor of her activism for world peace and her dedication to environmental and social issues.
When Sonic Youth arose in the early 80’s, Yoko Ono had already been a counterculture legend. In 2012, the musicians of the most important American alternative band joined forces "with the world’s most famous unknown artist." However, this project is not about putting together a "dream team" composed of stars; it is rather about what Yoko Ono’s comprehensive work has always been animated by - an endless experiment in which art becomes life.
Yoko Ono has worked with such diverse musicians as La Monte Young, Eric Clapton Elvis Costello, Pet Shop Boys, Basement Jaxx, and the Flaming Lips. In 2010 she sang a duet with Antony Hegarty. A year later, she invited Lady Gaga to perform with her. One of her latest projects is a cooperation with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore - founders of the cult formation Sonic Youth. In this case, the situation is absolutely epic: three living legends of alternative music met in one studio for spontaneous improvisation. When Sonic Youth arose in the early 80’s, Yoko Ono was one of the main inspirations for those musicians.Thurston Moore remained faithful to their inspiration - their work is an endless experiment, ongoing for three decades, breaking through genre divisions and stylistic patterns. In this sense, working with Yoko Ono is a return to the roots, deeply ingrained in the idea of creative freedom without limits.
One of the most daring artists of our time, Yoko Ono is having an incredibly busy year in 2013, including her 80th birthday celebration. Her retrospective HALF-A-WIND SHOW is touring to major museums across Germany, Denmark, Austria and Spain. Her most recent dance single, "Hold Me", reached #1 on the Billboard (US) dance charts. Numerous projects are slated for 2013 including a new PLASTIC ONO BAND album, the reissue of her influential record albums from 1968-1985, a career-spanning art book, Infinite Universe At Dawn, and the curation of the 2013 Meltdown Festival in London.
Thurston Moore is founder in 1980 of NYC rock group Sonic Youth. He records and performs as a solo artist as well and has worked collaboratively with Merce Cunningham, Cecil Taylor, Lydia Lunch, John Zorn and Glenn Branca. He has composed music for films by Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, and Allison Anders. His writing has been published through various imprints. He runs the Ecstatic Peace records + tapes label, edits the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, and is chief editor of the poetry imprint Flowers & Cream. He was on faculty at the 2011 Naropa University summer writing program. He currently records and tours with his group Chelsea Light Moving.