Akutagawa is a unique new collaboration featuring Astrid’s Willie Campbell, award-winning poet and novelist Kevin MacNeil, and musician/producer Colin Macleod. All three are from the Isle of Lewis, and their self-titled debut EP will be released on Friday 20th May with the title track available to stream here.
Akutagawa was supported by Highlands & Islands Enterprise Gaelic Innovation Fund and project managed by Ironworks Venue and XpoNorth Music.
‘We’re named after a Japanese writer, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, who is rightly revered in Japan but less well known in the West,’ said Kevin MacNeil. ‘He was a brilliant writer who led an unusual life. He wrote as though his mind were supercharged with ideas. In his work he blended a Japanese sensibility with a love of Western literature; I wanted to do something similar, shining a Hebridean light on Eastern genius. I love his work for its sensitivity, clarity and depth.
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