Opitope actively organizes a continuous live performance event named Kuala Mute Geek in Tokyo (Kuala means "a crossing point of streams" in Malay). The event is powered by hand-made vacuum tube amplifiers and speakers in up to eight channel settings. Electroacoustic and improvisational artists such as Taylor Duepree, Christopher Willits, Toshimaru Nakamura, Christophe Charles, Hans Reichel, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Tamaru, Carl Stone, Keiichi Sugimoto, Tetsuro Yasunaga, Boris D Hegenbart, Yoshio Machida and many more have performed. Kuala Mute Geek creates possibilities for interaction and dialogue among the artists and listeners.
Hatakeyama collaborated with Tomoyoshi Date on a track on the compilation Small Melodies from Spekk in 2005. He also organizes the improvisation band Copa del Papa with a rotating lineup. Hatakeyama and Date launched a label Kualauk Table to release compilations of their selected sessions with guest artists like Christophe Charles, Tamaru, Tagomago, Asuna, Askococo and others in late 2005.
Look for upcoming compilation appearances from Chihei Hatakeyama and Opitope on the Japanese labels Commune Disc and 360 Records.
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