Nobuo Kubota

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Centre A, 8:00PM (sharp)
Produced by Centre A
Presented with the generous support of The Japan Foundation
This performance will last aproximately one hour.

For LIVE 2011, the internationally renowned Canadian sound poet, Nobuo Kubota presents a new improvisational sound performance entitled Sonorous Resonance. The performance is an exploration of mouth sounds with fragments of phonemes, utterances and songs.


Nobuo Kubota was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1932. Much of his work is involved with installations, music, sound and other multi media processes. In the early 80’s Kubota was introduced to sound poetry by the legendary Four Horsemen. His vocal work is grounded in sound poetry, free jazz improvisation and Buddhist chanting. He has been performing as a solo vocalist locally and in Europe for 25 years. As an extension to his vocal work, he also works with visual sound poetry, exploring the strategy of “intermedia”. His recent work, “new calligraphy,” is involved with the writing of sonic sound scores. Currently, he is working on sound and music performances, compositions and videos. In 2010 Kuubota received a Governor General Award for his contribution to the Visual Arts.

“Kubota is a very singular individual always doing his own thing. He operates outside the mainstream and his work has nothing to do with any kind of commercial thought” – Avrom Isaacs

“There might be a big difference between Passage and Waves and the music Nobby played with the CCMC, but there isn’t such an absolute difference… in both his visual and free improve work, there’s the whole mystery of the criss-crossing of chance gestures and the kind of events they produce.” – Michael Snow

“Kubota’s transient attitude to his artistic areas, specialties, media, and forms may appear at a glance to be capricious or superficial, but there is nothing of the dilettante in him, His work is never less than professional in standards of craft and aesthetics, and his choice of vehicle is unerringly apt for the concept being bodied forth.” – Paul Dutton