by Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 10 December 2013

In 2005 at Kobe University, a group of 20 musicians, music therapists, 16 people with learning disabilities – like autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome – and their families, formed a music-making workshop that explores new musical expressions. And thus, The Otoasabi Project was born.

The group usually collaborates with different artists in various fields such as, improve, pop, Butoh (a dance from in Japan), and installation. More than 50 guest artists have lent their talents to create new performances with the group. Some of the group members, usually the parents, use instruments fashioned out of everyday materials such as cardboard boxes, hoovers, and kitchen utensils. The Otoasabi Project has held more than 30 concerts, numerous public workshops, and continues to create new styles of performing.