xiè is a unit comprising the poetry reciter and dancer, Keisei, and the sound designer, Hagi.
Keisei’s superb recitation techniques and expressive ability are made one with sound
through Hagi’s meticulous programming, creating a vast and highly detailed soundscape.
Poetry recitation is a traditional Japanese art, known as shigin. Shigin is usually
performed accompanied only by the koto (zither) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute).
xiè’s fusing the voice with computer programming-generated ethnic and ambient sounds
is therefore a first, giving rise to a new style of the art.
Also, while shigin is based mainly on Chinese poems (kanshi), and Japanese poems
(waka and haiku), which are intoned according to Japan’s native musical scale,
with Keisei’s ideas xiè expresses a poetic world unbound by conventions.
The name “xiè” is derived from the legendary creature of Chinese fable, the xièzhì,
which is said to be able to discern the good and the bad in all. Likewise, xiè seeks
to convey the very heartbeat of music, and make it felt profoundly in all who listen.