Marginal Consort

Performance & Demonstration
Jan 25 - 26, 2019

Get tickets to the Jan 25 performance Merrill Theater

Fri, Jan 25, 7:00 pm: Performance (3 hours)
Sat, Jan 26, 3:00 pm: Sound Experience Demonstration (~1.5 hours)

Capacity: 150

Tickets for Fri, Jan 25 performance

General admission
$26 advance
$30 week of
$70 covers the average, per-ticket cost of staging a production at On the Boards

Discounted tickets
Under 25: $12 advance or $15 week of 
Seniors 65+: $23 advance or $25 week of 
TeenTix member: $5 

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Marginal Consort use established and homemade acoustic instruments, electronics, bamboo sticks, marbles, water, and other objects to realize their interpenetrating sonic constructs, but also incorporate actions that do not have sound production as their object. 

Meeting only once each year since forming in 1996, Marginal Consort discuss nothing before their annual performances, preferring to gather as a collective of horizontally organized independent solos rather than a cohesive goal-oriented ensemble. The start and end times are the only fixed elements in their longform happenings, usually lasting two to four hours and featuring the players spread out across the performance space, distant enough to concentrate on perfecting their own work without distraction. Separate, yet together, they become entangled without subsumption into a whole, with the audience invited to mill about or recline on the floor, each creating their own subjective experience of the performance. 


About the Demonstration: 

Presented by the collective, this demonstration will explore the expanding field of experimental sound art and practice, giving audiences a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to learn more about Marginal Consort’s renowned approach to sound-making.



“The kaleidoscopic nature of their set—a battery of sound generating equipment: mixers, oscillators, sensors, wind and string instruments, bamboo and objects—plays with the audience’s perception of time with hallucinatory effects.” (full interview) — Artnoise


Watch a performance by Marginal Consort at South London Gallery

Marginal Consort performance


Related Programs

Sat, Jan 26 (5 pm-11 pm): Soundscapes

Join us for an immersive evening of sound art, featuring sonic works by a diverse selection of Northwest-based artists. For six hours, our lobby & Studio theater spaces will be transformed by a range of auditory & musical experimentations, with audiences free to come and go throughout the event. The evening’s line-up includes a cross-section of regional sound artists, musicians, and composers, including Chloe Alexandra Thompson (PDX), Nico Tower (Seattle), and Ben Hunter (Seattle). Please note that this is a separately ticketed event; tickets will be available for purchase soon. 


About the Artists

Marginal Consort is a Japanese collective improvisation group founded by members of East Bionic Symphonia, an outfit assembled from students of Fluxus artist Takehisa Kosugi’s class at the radical Bigaku School of Aesthetics in Tokyo in the ‘70s. Current participants are former Taj-Mahal Traveller Kazuo Imai, engineer Kei Shii, artist and Gap member Masami Tada, and musician Tomonao Koshikawa. Their records together have been released by P.S.F. and PAN.



This performance has been organized in collaboration with PUSH Festival in Vancouver and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, Oregon. Additional support for Marginal Consort provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the Japan Foundation.