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Profile*jp,fr     "Futari"(with several artist)
Profile*en "Kyosho"(with flute asami kitayama)
Salon "Gensho"(with guitar gen matsuda)
Live Blog
Link setsuhi(@)modalbeatscom
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Setsuhi Shiraishi


Setsuhi SHIRAISHI, Japanese calligrapher

Having been interested in calligraphy during her childhood, Setsuhi became a calligraphy master at 22 years old. She is pursuing her own unique style of calligraphy while expressing the world of traditional calligraphy. The world she creates by subliming calligraphy into a composite art through collaboration with musical and fine arts is highly regarded. She has also been active outside of Japan, attracting many fans from around the world through her live collaborative performances with music.

Setsuhi has given calligraphy performances at various places including the private salon Diners Club Ginza Lounge in Tokyo, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo (at the 60th anniversary event of the launch of Fisslerfs pressure cookers), and the British Museum in London. She also held a joint performance with the London Improvisers Orchestra, participated in an art fair in Paris, and held personal exhibitions in both Paris and New York. Also in New York, Setsuhi conducted a calligraphy workshop and performed in both a jazz club and an art gallery with Jay Anderson and Frank Kinbrough of the Maria Schneider Orchestra as well as jazz horn player Adam Unsworth.

In addition, Setsuhi calligraphed the title on a CD cover for Jiang Xiao-Qing, a world-famous player of the traditional Chinese gguzhengh string instrument.

Setsuhi collaborates with accessory designer RYONA to create (genh), their unique brand of calligraphic accessories. The (genh) brand is sold at limited-time stores at the Shibuya Hikarie in Tokyo and the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store in Osaka, and is now permanently sold at the Shizuoka Isetan Department Store in Shizuoka, Japan.

Furthermore, Setsuhi has hosted the calligraphy salon at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo and is a lecturer at the Aoyama Calligraphy School in Shibuya, Tokyo. She also writes for the digital magazine, Vasco da Gama.


History
<2008>
Began activities as a calligrapher Created logotypes for the signboard and business card of the cake shops gkokoroh in Yachiyo, Chiba and Daikanyama, Tokyo
Started creating custom-made artworks (general Japanese calligraphic artworks such as babyfs name boards, calligraphic artworks for interior decoration (for cafeterias, restaurants, shops, and house decoration), nameplates, menu books, wedding boards, signboards (for various shops and events), and logotypes for business cards)
Held a private exhibition and gave a live performance at the cafeteria-gallery Eijiu in Akebonobashi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Appeared on an online video program gSerendipity ? Study of Impromptu Arth, and gave a collaborative performance combining jazz guitar and calligraphy

<2009>
Exhibited at the Ginza Premium Preview Exhibition at Qualia Ginza Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo
Appeared on a live event by the jazz band gkind'o soulh and gave a collaborative performance combining music and calligraphy at Milesf Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo
Appeared on a concert by Aurora Wind Orchestra and gave a collaborative performance combining wind-instrument music and calligraphy at the Hasama Community Center in Funabashi, Chiba
Held a collaborative exhibition gFutari-ten Vol 1h with another calligrapher Yoshun Ohmori at the cafeteria-gallery Eijiu in Akebonobashi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Exhibited at the Exhibition of Minerva 2009 in the Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Gave a collaborative performance gSanjusoshoh of calligraphy, Shimai (Noh dance in plain clothes) and contrabass at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Appeared on a live event by the jazz band gkind'o soulh and gave a collaborative performance combining music, dance and calligraphy at Milesf Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

<2010>
Appeared on a chanson live event and gave a collaborative performance combining chanson (Seiji), wall painting (Vivian Sato) and calligraphy at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Exhibited at the 7th Project Tokyo Exhibition (exhibition celebrating the publication of gArt Union Japan Vol 7h) at Kitai Gallery in Kita-ku, Tokyo
Teached calligraphy to Yukihiro, drummer of the Japanese famous rock band gL'Arc~en~Cielh, under the plan of the fan club bulletin gLE-CIELh of this band
Participated in an art fair, held a private exhibition, and gave live performances in Paris, France
Participated in a multi-artist exhibition at Qualia Ginza Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo
Gave a street live performance in Ikebukuro, Tokyo
Participated in a multi-artist exhibition at Gallery Conceal Shibuya in Shibuya, Tokyo
Participated in an art fair in Ghent, Belguim
Held a collaborative exhibition gFutari-ten Vol 2h (combining calligraphy and pottery) at the cafeteria-gallery Eijiu in Akebonobashi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance combining jazz (Mitsuo Kabuki Trio) and calligraphy at Boozy Muse in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance gKyoshoh combining classical flute (Asami Kitayama) and calligraphy, and held a first exhibition for my pupils at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Held a workshop in Ginza, Tokyo
Created a logotype and calligraphic artworks for interior decoration at the request of Seika, a small restaurant of creative Japanese cuisine, in Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

<2011>
Created a logotype, calligraphic artworks for interior decoration, and a show window display at the request of the pottery school Saideigama at Aoyama Bell Commons, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance gShigoh combining musical improvisation (Mitsuaki Matsumoto) and calligraphy at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance with world-renowned jazz hornist Adam Unsworth at Boozy Muse in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Held a first live event of Taneco, a collaborative unit of calligrapher, candle artist and classical guitarist/vocalist, at the bar INDIGO in Roppongi, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance combining jazz/improvisation (Mitsuo Kabuki) and calligraphy at the gallery gexhibit LIVE & MORISh in Ginza, Tokyo
Participated in a multi-artist exhibition at Gallery Conceal Shibuya in Shibuya, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative performance gTokitokih combining musical improvisation (Naoto Yamagishi, drumnist) and calligraphy at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participated in gEarth Tuningh, an outdoor music festival in effort to help Fukushima recovery, as a member of Taneco in Iwaki, Fukushima
Appeared on a live event gIntercultural Exchange Nighth and gave a collaborative performance combining music (Hola guuey, jazz unit) and calligraphy at Bullets in Nishi-azabu, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative performance gGenshoh combining classical guitar (Gen Matsuda) and calligraphy at the art space and cafeteria Sakaiki in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance combining jazz (Mitsuo Kabuki Trio) and calligraphy at Boozy Muse in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Held a second live event of Taneco at the cafeteria Daikichiya in Higashi-kitazawa, Tokyo
Held a collaborative exhibition gFutari-ten Vol 3h (combining calligraphy and flower arrangement) at the art gallery Nakamura Arts in Higashi-ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Gave a live performance as a member of Taneco at Gallery Conceal Shibuya in Shibuya, Tokyo
Gave a live performance as a member of Taneco at Minori Garden in Kuki-city, Saitama
Gave a live performance as a member of Taneco at the camping resort gKuniaki Shimizufs Paradise of Forest and Lakeh in Yamanashi prefecture
Gave a live performance as a member of Taneco at Ludens Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture
Gave a collaborative live performance combining calligraphy and Japanese Noh farce called gKyogenh (the Ohkura school of Kyogen) at Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo

<2012>
Gave a live performance and held a calligraphy workshop at the Ludens Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata
Participated in a group exhibition at Ouchi Gallery in New York, USA
Gave a collaborative live performance with contrabassist Pearl Alexander at Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance combining calligraphy and jazz (played by vocalist Hiro-a-key and pianist Takegorou Kobayashi) at JZ Brat in Shibuya, Tokyo
Participated in a group exhibition at the Henry Moore Gallery in London, UK
Gave a collaborative live performance titled gShunkokuh with percussionist Naoto Yamagishi in Rennes, France
Held a collaborative calligraphy workshop with Nusch Werchowska in Rennes, France
Gave a collaborative live performance combining calligraphy and improvised music (played by the London Improvisers Orchestra) in London, UK
Created the display posters and hanging banners for the ceramic art exhibition at Aoyama Bell Commons, Tokyo
Held the special live celebrating Tanecofs 1st anniversary in Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Gave collaborative live performances titled gKyosho Vol 2h with flutist Asami Kitayama at two places (Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo and the music cafeteria Blossom in Koshigaya, Saitama)
Gave a collaborative live performance titled gShadowh combining calligraphy, contrabass (played by Pearl Alexander), and Japanese court music called gShirabyoshih (played by Makiko Sakurai) at Rakudoan in Kanda, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance titled gInstinct Momentsh with flutist Miya and guest bamboo flutist Terry Day at the Japanese old house gallery gSakuraih in Nishitokyo, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance of calligraphy, piano & vocal, and djembe at the multi-purpose cafeteria OFFICE in Aoyama, Tokyo
Gave a collaborative live performance titled gGensho Vol 2h with classical guitarist Gen Matsuda at Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Took part in the live event gABEL Vol 2h at the live house WOMB in Shibuya, Tokyo
Held a calligraphy workshop at the camping festival gYuzawa Riverside Jam Camp 2012h in Yuzawa, Niigata
Gave a collaborative live performance with saxophonist Rui Kunii, drummer Shigeki Tanimoto, and bassist Ryosuke Hazama at Bethania Home operated by the social welfare corporation Jiseikai in Nakano, Tokyo
Held a one-person calligraphy exhibition and gave a collaborative live performance with cellist Asaka Igarashi (navigated by Kotaro Sakata) at Diners Club Ginza Lounge in Ginza, Tokyo
Took part in the Tokyo Lantern Festival in Nakano, Tokyo, giving a live performance and holding a calligraphy workshop
Held a collaborative exhibition titled gFutari-ten Vol 4h combining calligraphy and jewelry accessory (designed by RYONA) at Arai Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo
Gave a Xmas live performance collaborated with violinist Harumi Koike at Casa Classica in Akasaka, Tokyo


Held a workshop at the Aoyama office of AXA Life Insurance in Tokyo.
Gave a collaborative live performance with MEI JAZZ TRIO (pianist Kazuhiro Thujo, saxophonist Kunii_Rui, and drummer Decco Takano) at the jazz & oldies live bar Darling in Asakusa, Tokyo.
Appeared as a guest on a Noh farce event titled gJapanese Mind & Traditional Arth in Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, giving a collaborative performance with Noh farce pro Sentaro Ohkura and Noh flute player Hiroaki Terai.
Participated in a live event and held a workshop as a member of the collaborative unit Taneco at the Ludens Resort and the public-house Murano Oyaji in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture.
Appeared on a live event as a guest at JZ Brat in Shibuya, Tokyo, giving a collaborative performance with jazz pianist Takegoro Kobayashi.
Held a collaborative live event titled gKyosho Vol. 3h with flutist Asami Kitayama at Kioicho Salon Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Held a planned exhibition at Sakaiki in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Gave an improvised live performance in collaboration with contrabassist Pearl Alexander at the cafeteria-gallery Eijiu in Akebonobashi, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Held a workshop at the gallery ONDEN in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Opened the first store of the collaboration brand g-- en --h at the tenant space Capsule Store of the Shizuoka Isetan Department Store in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Opened an exhibit and sales space for the brand g-- en --h at AIMSGELLERY in Okayama Prefecture.
Opened an exhibit and sales space for the brand g-- en --h at the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store in Osaka, and participated in an anniversary event celebrating the opening of this department store.
Held a collaborative live event titled gInstinct Momentsh with flutist Miya and ran a workshop at the gallery Rofusya in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.
Appeared on the Osumi-Kagoshima Arts Festival 2013 in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Gave a collaborative live performance with flutist Yukari and improvisation pianist Hisaharu Teruuchi at the gallery & live space Knuttel House in Iriya, Tokyo.
Appeared as a guest on the 60th anniversary event celebrating the launch of Fisslerfs pressure cookers at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo.

Held a workshop hosted by the Japan America Society of Colorado at the World Trade Center, and held a live event and a workshop at Book Arts League in Denver. Her performance was featured in Rocky Mountain PBS's "Arts District" program.
opened a personal exhibition and gave live performances both in Brooklyn with Jay Anderson, Frank Kinbrough, and Adam Unsworth, and at the NYC Somethinf Jazz Club.
Writes regularly for the digital magazine Vasco da Gama.
An article about Setsuhi written by jazz journalist Hiroki Sugita was published in the YUCARI magazine.
held a collaborative live show with jazz trumpeter Aya Takazawa at the No Bird jazz club in Ginza, Tokyo.
held a collaborative live show titled gInstinct Momentsh with flutist Miya and ran a workshop at the Japanese old house gallery gSakuraih in Nishitokyo, Tokyo.
held an exhibition of the ("en") brand of accessories at the Shibuya Hikarie in Shibuya, Tokyo.
held a collaborative exhibition titled gFutari-ten Vol. 5h combining calligraphy and photography (by Yoshiyuki Ohki).

(Future Schedule)

Will hold a workshop hosted by the Japan America Society of Colorado at the World
Trade Center, and hold a live event and a workshop at Book Arts League in Denver

Will hold a personal exhibition and give live performances in Brooklyn, and also
appear on the live event at somethinf jazz club in NY

Will hold a collaborative liver event with jazz trumpeter Aya Takazawa at the jazz
club No Bird in Ginza, Tokyo

Will hold a collaborative live event titled gInstinct Momentsh with flutist Miya and
run a workshop at the Japanese old house gallery gSakuraih in Nishitokyo, Tokyo

Will hold a collaborative exhibition titled gFutari-ten Vol 5h combining calligraphy
and photography (by Yoshiyuki Ohki)