Performance dates & times

Sunday 3 Feb
5:00 PM

Running Time 1 hour

Price range


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Immerse yourself in waves of electronic music and Japanese hip-hop. 

Mythical, innovative and deeply groovy, Umi no uzu (meaning ‘stirring the oceans’) is the latest work by Tokyo-based composer/pianist/beatmaker, Aaron Choulai.

In this daring new work, Choulai brings together traditional Japanese court music known as Gagaku, with anime, jazz and hip hop. These diverse influences come together to tell the story of the Japanese creation myth.

Along with an outstanding line-up of musicians, Choulai will be joined by hip-hop icon Kojoe - famous for his work in both the Japan and New York hip-hop scenes. Their music will be set against a backdrop of Japanese anime projections by renowned artist/filmmaker, Popy Oil.

A hugely influential figure within the jazz and improvised music scenes, Choulai was born in Papua New Guinea before moving to Melbourne and later New York. The acclaimed musician is also well known for his hip hop collaborations with artists such as Mantra and Joelistics.

About Meeting Point Series

A concert series for the curious.

This intimate performance series by the Australian Art Orchestra features cutting-edge artists from Australia and Asia. Experience a curated lineup of never-before-seen works, electrifying improvisations and cross-cultural collaborations.

Meeting Points Series is a creative collaboration between Australian Art Orchestra and Arts Centre Melbourne.


Aaron Choulai (Tokyo/Papua New Guinea)
Piano accordion/keyboard/electronics
Miyama McQueen-Tokita (Tokyo/Melbourne)
Kojoe (Tokyo)
Popy Oil (Tokyo)
Live video
Joe Talia (Tokyo/Melbourne)
Drums & electronics
Peter Knight (Melbourne)
Trumpet & electronics
Erkki Veltheim (Melbourne)

  • City of Melbourne
  • Creative Victoria
  • The Australian Council for the Arts
  • Australian Art Orchestra

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