March 2015

Diana Nominated for Arts and Culture Award

March 31, 2015 02:21

Diana Yukawa has be nominated for the Arts and Culture Award at the 2015 Asian Women Achievement Awards.

This award recognises women flourishing the world of performing and visual arts, arts management, creative writing and on-screen arts. Diana said “she is truly honoured to have been shortlisted for this awards”.

Diana is amongst fifty other accomplished women, who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Now in its 16th year and in association with RBS, the event aims to highlight the often overlooked contribution that Asian women make to sectors including business, sport and culture.

In addition to the Songwriter and Solo Violinist, this year’s shortlist includes Shelina Janmohamed, vice-president of Ogilvy Noor, the world’s first Islamic branding agency. Lucy Choi, the entrepreneurial niece of shoe tycoon Jimmy Choo, is also shortlisted, along with Farah Dakhlallah, Arabic spokesperson for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The awards, which will be held in London on 19 May, were founded by Pinky Lilani, who received an OBE in 2007 for her work to celebrate women’s achievements.

Referring to this year’s shortlist, Pinky said: “What really makes me happy is seeing these women who are hugely talented but are so collaborative, very kind and humble. They all seem so honoured to be involved.”

The awards will take place just before Diana takes to the stage at this year’s Innocent Unplugged and Wilderness Festival.

Diana is also due to release her collaborative album, Codex by Ghost Harmonic (John Foxx and Benge) earlier the same month.

Diana Yukawa Website

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Innocent Unplugged Festival Announces Diana

March 13, 2015 08:18

Innocent Drinks has announced that it will run its first music festival, Innocent Unplugged this May bank holiday weekend at a secret woodland location in Kent.

The 2015 line-up includes Electronic Classical Violinist and Songwriter, Diana Yukawa as well as Norman Jay, The Correspondents, Grace Dent, Morning Glory, Plump DJs, Camila Batmanghelidjh and many more.

Innocent Unplugged - A weekend off the grid.

Take a walk into the woods, pitch your tent and disconnect from frantic, fast paced city life at innocent unplugged. An off-the-grid weekend festival with a difference.

At the secret woodland location just outside London you can switch off your phone, park your stress and pause your status updates. There’s no wifi, 3G, or traditional electricity -just goodness. Any power we use will be generated by you and the sun.

For Diana, Innocent Unplugged Festival will be straight after the release of Diana brand new collaborative album “Codex”, by “Ghost Harmonic”. The group comprises solo violinist Diana Yukawa, electronic pioneer John Foxx and his collaborator in John Foxx And The Maths - Benge. The trio have been working at Benge’s MemeTune Studios in Shoreditch, London over the last couple of years, creating the Ghost Harmonic sound - a combination of the purity of Diana Yukawa’s violin with the complexity and textured noise of analogue machinery.

The songwriter and violinist is also nearing the release of her 4th solo, studio album, anticipated to be released later in the year. Innocent Unplugged audience goers can expect to hear the latest tracks, straight out of the studio, anticipated for the next album.


23rd to 25th May 2015 at a secret location in Kent – just outside of London.
Tickers are free and will be released in waves… Over 18’s only.
http://www.innocentunplugged.com


An unplugged programme

Our programme will be a range of spoken word, music, entertainers, dining and acts.

We will have a main stage powered by people, a banquet hall, an outdoor spa and teepees in clearings amongst a beautiful wooded area.

Any power used will be human generated or through solar panels

Innocent Unplugged

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Diana Returns to Wilderness Festival for 2015

March 13, 2015 08:17

Songwriter and violinist Diana Yukawa will return to the Wilderness Stage again at Wilderness Festival 2015.

Diana's performance at Wilderness in 2014 was extremely well received by the orgonisers;

“Diana’s stage presence and performance is mesmerising and she is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Her performance on the Wilderness Stage as the sun went down over the festival in 2014 was a highlight of the weekend"


Björk, Ben Howard and George Clinton will headline this year’s Wilderness Festival as it returns to Cornbury Park for the fifth time.


The festival will kick off with Björk showcasing music from her latest album Vulnicura.

Fellow headliner George Clinton will share the stage with Parliament and Funkadelic—performing a combination of classic hits and funk music from his upcoming album First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate.

Wilderness will wrap up with Brit Award winner Ben Howard on the Sunday night.

The varied line-up will feature disco artist Roisin Murphy, French electro-swing septet Caravan Palace and English reggae group Will and the People as well as songwriter and violinist Diana Yukawa.

There will be also be a number of theatre performances from companies such as the Old Vic New Voice and Oxford Shakespeare Company, as well as restaurant pop-ups from HIX and Moror for foodies.


Set at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival will take place this summer from 6-9 August. Adult weekend tickets are £165.99.

To Book and for more Info: http://www.wildernessfestival.com/

Wilderness 2015

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Mix Radio Interviews Diana Yukawa

March 13, 2015 08:14

Last month Mix Radio welcomed violinist and songwriter Diana Yukuwa to their HQ in Bristol.

Diana treated the whole office to a performance of ‘City is Sad’, an uplifting and beautiful track, check it out below.

We also managed to have a chat with Diana about her eclectic musical influences and what to expect from the playlist she’s curated.

Tell us about your visit to MixRadio HQ

It was a real pleasure for me to have been invited to perform at MixRadio. I’m also slightly embarrassed to say it was my first visit to Bristol, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I always love giving smaller, more intimate performances where you can see the detail in the audience and their response to your music - it’s wonderful to have a closerconnection to the people listening to you.

What artists have influenced you?

There are many artists that haveinfluenced me, from Fritz Kreisler to Radiohead. Also artists like CraigArmstrong, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Massive Attack have been real inspirations for me - making music that is timeless.

What’s your favourite song to play?

Depends on the day and my mood! One of my favourite’s though is ‘My Way Home’ from my Finding The Parallel EP.

What’s coming up for Diana Yukawa in 2015?

I’m really excited about 2015, I have lots of projects going on this year which I’m really looking forward to. John Foxx, Benge and I are releasing our first album as Ghost Harmonic in May. I love the album we have created together and as a total bonus, I feel cool that I’m in a “band”! I’m excited for people to hear something quite different to my solo work.

I’m also working on a charity project which involves putting brain scans on to a stave to translate the chart into music. It’s been challenging but I’m passionate about this and really hope it can reach people in a new way.

I’m writing material for my fourth solo album, which I hope to release towards the end of the year and also have other collaborations going on for new artist projects, so it’s a busy time!

Outside of studio work, I can’t wait for the summer to return as I’ll be performing at some fab festivals again this year. Bring on the sunshine!

What artists have you chosen in your MixRadio playlist and why?

I’ve chosen a really wide mix of artists for my MixRadio playlist. I think most music lovers and artists will say that genre isn’t of any great importance, you either like it or you don’t - so I’ve selected some songs that have connected with me over my lifetime and evoke all sorts of emotions and memories.

Anything else you’d like to tell MixRadio?

Just thank you so much for having me, hope to see you again and thanks so much for my LINE goodie bag!

Interivew here; http://mixradioblog.tumblr.com/post/111276249178/mixradio-exclusive-interview-diana-yukuwa

Check out the exclusive playlist made by Diana here: http://mixrad.io/mixes/75382032

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Diana to Release New Album with John Foxx and Benge

March 13, 2015 08:11

Diana to Release New Album with John Foxx and Benge

Codex is the debut album from Ghost Harmonic (John Foxx, Ben Edwards (Benge) and Diana Yukawa). This album will be released on the 11th of May, 2015.


John Foxx Diana Yukawa and Benge

Ghost Harmonic are solo violinist Diana Yukawa, electronic pioneer John Foxx and his collaborator in John Foxx And The Maths - Benge. They’ve been working at Benge’s MemeTune Studios in Shoreditch, London over the last couple of years, creating the Ghost Harmonic sound - a combination of the purity of Diana Yukawa’s violin with the complexity and textured noise of analogue machinery.

As Benge puts it, ‘there is something very satisfying about combining Diana’s beautiful 17th Century violin with a subsonic tone-blast from a Moog Modular.’


‘It was fairly open,’ says John Foxx, ‘but I guess the underlying intention was we all wanted to see what might happen when a classically trained musician engaged with some of the possibilities a modern recording studio can offer – eg multi-tracking, vast notional spaces, long echoes, looping, retuning, layering, synthesisers, sound effects, vintage and cheap equipment etc. Also we wanted to improvise, since that seldom happens in the classical world. Bach wouldn’t take any student who couldn’t improvise over a given theme but things seem to have gone in reverse since then.

Diana was a welcome revelation after all that. She picked up themes immediately and took them off in all directions. Very exhilarating.’


‘I felt there was a really good flow between us all’, explains Diana. ‘You never know what to expect in the beginning, creating a new dynamic between three different people but I think it’s our different backgrounds and influences that made everything come together with such fluidity.’


Using a tape delay system, Yukawa was able to play along to her own parts, layering the sound. Any live ‘background noise’ was treated as part of the recording. ‘The spaces in between the musical notes are often overlooked in modern recording,’ says Benge. ‘It was these ideas that we wanted to capture on this record. The ‘ghosts’ in the studio that we were listening to for inspiration. The name came out of that.’


John Foxx: ‘I noticed an interesting effect when multi-tracking into long or complex reverbs – certain harmonics would be suppressed or enhanced and previously unheard ones would emerge from the miasma. This can be really beautiful and it’s now what I most listen for – I know a piece is going somewhere new when this sort of thing begins to occur.’


‘Benge’s studio is so full of character that the energy of that is embedded into the album’, states Diana.


The five tracks on Codex are all linked into one continuous piece of music – by turns elegant, dark and gently blissful. Some of the music recalls the overgrown cities of Delvaux and Ernst, especially ‘A Green Thought In A Green Shade’ and ‘The Pleasure Of Ruins’. ‘Dispersed Memory’ has a strange, alien atmosphere; the dreamlike languor and melting time of the opening music switching into something more isolated and chilling. ‘When We Came To This Shore’ is serene but eerie – like being pulled by the tides to a submerged city or underwater forest. ‘Codex’ closes the album with a sense of stillness and faded beauty.


So what of the future? ‘Diana turned out to be excellent at improvising and zippy as Higgs Boson at negotiating any sort of technology. So there’s still lots of territory to explore.’

Further details - including a full track-listing - will follow.

For more information visit; http://www.ghostharmonic.com

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