Okeanos’ primary focus is to reach new audiences and initiate
pioneering performance events whilst collaborating with other art
forms and artists. Known for their fascinating mix of Western and
Japanese instruments (oboe, clarinet, viola, koto, sho, shakuhachi),
the ensemble has premiered over 100 new works and featured regularly
on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Resonance FM and Australian radio.
In addition to appearances at major UK Festivals, (Cheltenham, Lake District, Huddersfield Contemporary) Okeanos have performed extensively in the UK including performances at
the Warehouse, the Barbican (BBC Total Immersion: Japan) and Kings Place.
Okeanos have recorded for Metier and NMC. Their most recent recording
(NMC Debut Discs: music by Dai Fujikura) attracted worldwide acclaim
achieving a 5 star reviews in the BBC Music Magazine and Italy’s Classical Voice Journal.
Collaborative projects include: Japan 2001 Textural Space exhibition,
a Dartington Summer School Japan-UK150 residency with Somei Satoh, an
SPNM/Asian Music Circuit tour, and collaborations with artists
Katherine Dowson and Junko O’Neill. Okeanos have also worked with the
koto soloist Etsuko Takezawa, storyteller Kumiko Mendl (Yellow Earth
Theatre), Kazuko Hohki and The Frank Chickens (a Japanese women’s pop/
cabaret group) and Japanese drumming group Taiko Meantime.
Okeanos have been at the forefront of many young composers’ careers –
Lynne Plowman, Dai Fujikura, Chikako Morishita, Basil Athenasiadis –
most of whom they first met through composer workshops and later went
on to champion their work. Okeanos have also commissioned work from
established composers Robin Holloway, Howard Skempton, Judith Weir,
Nigel Osborne, John Joubert, Sadie Harrison, Nicola LeFanu and Judith