Book release party of HAZAMA the physical component which accompanies the music of Neo G Yo’s debut LP. A dialogic expression of word and illustration from Portland to Tokyo to Portland.
Hazama, the debut full length LP and book from the party conscious MC and Futro Collective founder Neo G Yo, is an exploration in the concept of “in between” (“hazama” in Japanese). Upon receiving funding from a 2017 project grant from RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council), Neo was able to expand his vision into a uniquely collaborative project. The production work, composed by longtime collaborator Winston Lane, embodies a spacious containment with heavy drums and cosmic synths. Within this sonic urgency, a story of relationships is told from the perspective of a character who is forced to face life in a constant state of unease. Through his connection to nature, Neo grapples with the challenges of a progressive society intent on infinite growth and connectivity.
The prominent physical format for the work will be an illustrated poetry book that will act as a companion to the Hazama story told on the album. The book contains 10 illustrations by Tokyo, Japan-based artist Yu Suda drawn in reaction to each song. The poetic content of the book is a dialogic response to the imagery, resulting in a cross-cultural exchange between sound, illustration, and text. Suda’s work embodies a playful seriousness, while exploring a unique representation of retro futurism that coexists well within the realm of Neo G Yo. Hazama will also be released on a limited run of tapes in collaboration with Intrinsically EYRST.
WHO: Neo G Yo + Yu Suda
WHAT: “Hazama” album + book release party
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5th 7-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St