Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

ART can cross gen­res and unite dif­fer­ent forms, a con­cept that is not lost on mu­si­cal pair Mimi Duo.

East Fre­man­tle pi­anist Setsu Ma­suda and gui­tarist Dun­can Gardiner have been mak­ing mu­sic to­gether for years, but it was the work of a lo­cal artist that be­came the driv­ing force be­hind their new al­bum Fall­ing Like Tears.

Ma­suda said the theme of their de­but al­bum drew in­spi­ra­tion from an art book by Fre­man­tle artist Jo Dar­vall, The Rose, the But­ter­fly, the Bee and the Moth.

“When we dis­cov­ered the story we knew we had the theme for an en­tire al­bum,” she said.

“The story, beau­ti­fully writ­ten by renowned au­thor Jane Har­ri­son, was later il­lus­trated and turned into an art book and a sculp­tural art in­stal­la­tion which opens up like a con­certina, by Jo Dar­vall.

“We were so taken by the magic of the art book that we de­cided to set the story to mu­sic, Dun­can com­pos­ing nine orig­i­nal works which set var­i­ous pas­sages of the story to mu­sic, which has be­come the cen­tre­piece for the en­tire pro­ject.”

Em­brac­ing the world stage, Mimi Duo will per­form 11 con­certs in Ja­pan next month, a tour that will in­clude a show in front of 1800 peo­ple at char­ity con­cert for the 2011 Ja­panese earth­quake and tsunami disas­ter.

Mat­suda said they would be­come the first in­ter­na­tional guest artists to per­form at the an­nual fundraiser event.

“We will give a pre­miere per­for­mance of Dun­can’s orig­i­nal piece A Thou­sands Cranes Beat Their Wings, which was com­posed as a prayer for peace and home for the vic­tims and sur­vivors,” she said.

“We have been hold­ing our own char­ity home con­certs for the cause since 2012 so we are very hon­oured to be part of this con­cert.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d449352

Setsu Ma­suda and Dun­can Gardiner.

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