Yoko Ono – guest speaker at SXSW 2011 – March 18th

South By Southwest (SXSW) is thrilled to announce Yoko Ono as a very special featured speaker for the 25th Music Conference and Festival.

Ms. Ono will sit down with Jody Denberg for a SXSW Interview on Friday March 18th.

Yoko Ono & Jody Denberg at SXSW. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

From her pioneering work in the Fluxus movement of the 1960s to the recent Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, Ono’s art has challenged and informed, melding the personal to the universal in simple and unique ways. Her marriage and creative collaboration with John Lennon was a love story played out on the global stage. Ono’s music laid the groundwork for the sounds of punk rock and new wave.

Yoko Ono & Jody Denberg at SXSW. Photo by Bob Gruen

Reviews: Austin 360, Philly.com.

Recently, Ono has had five consecutive dance singles charting at #1 on the top of the Billboard Dance Chart. In 2009, she received Mojo Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and she assembled a new PLASTIC ONO BAND for her latest album, Between My Head And The Sky, co-produced with son Sean Lennon, on his Chimera Music label.

From gallery to stage to social media platforms, Yoko Ono brings a message of peace to the world.

Ms. Ono’s ongoing projects are detailed at www.IMAGINEPEACE.com.

Ms. Ono will also be a special guest performer at a Chimera Music night, Saturday, March 19 at The Elysium, 705 Red River St.


6:30pm MI-GU Hard Nips presents… Spider House, 2908 Fruth St.
1:00am Operation Juliette with special guest THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER, tenOak, 409 COlorado St


11:00amYOKO ONO interview, Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABC, 500 E Cesar Chaves St.

3:30pm THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER Other Music Lawn Party, French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. Free, open to public.
4:30pm San Amidon
5:30pm tUnE YaRdS

10:00pm MI-GU, Tom Tom Party, Baby Blue, 1522 E 12th St


1:00pm IF BY YES Live Broadcast, KUT Cactus Café Day Party, Cactus Café, University of Texas, 2247 Guadelupe St.


Elysium, 705 Red River St
8:30pm KEMP & EDEN
9:00pm IF BY YES
11:00pm FIG
12:00am MI-GU
12:50am Special Guest: tUnE-YaRdS
01:00am Very Special Guest: YOKO ONO

The Elysium, 705 Red River St., Austin, Texas.
(512) 474-2285

Entry with laminates and wristbands.
Hopefully 50 public tickets available….. Doors 7pm

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SXSW interview: Yoko Ono

By Brian T. Atkinson, American Statesman. Austin360.com

Yoko Ono’s remixed “Move on Fast” refashions her already ebullient 1972 song with infinite motion. The 78-year-old widow of former Beatle John Lennon has a new single that recently topped Billboard’s dance chart and debuts at South by Southwest this week.

“I always wanted to go, but I didn’t have the chance,” Ono says. “Now I not only (will) do my discussion with (KUT 90.5 disc jockey) Jody (Denberg), but also I have a chance to do my show.” We talked to Ono a few weeks before she headed to Austin.

American-Statesman: How did the original “Move on Fast” take shape?

Yoko Ono: Well, “Move on Fast” was just a regular rock song, you know.

Why remix that song in particular?

Because it’s a good song (laughs). You want something a bit better than “a good song,” is it? Look, it’s a song with a lot of energy in it, and it’s a little message, too.

Explain the message.

(Sings) “Move on fast.” (She laughs.)

This makes six straight No. 1 songs on the dance chart for you.

I know! I’m very thankful. It’s not my doing, in a way. I was lucky to get these brilliant, brilliant musicians interested in doing these things. They could be very snobbish and say, “We’re not doing Mrs. Lennon’s songs” or something. They understood the songs, and I think they liked it. I’m very happy about that.

How has your approach to songwriting evolved over the years?

It didn’t change much. I think there was one critic who said, “Ah well, you know, she didn’t change much.” (She laughs.)

Are you looking forward to your South by Southwest interview?

I’m very happy that I’ll be doing it with Jody. I’ve known Jody for the longest time now. Actually, he’s a very intelligent guy, and we can talk about things from a pretty intelligent point of view. So, it’s not a waste of time. It’s great.

How long have you known Jody?

To be exact, probably from 1980 on. He might say that we knew each other before then, but that’s when I recognized him. After John’s passing, he was very kind and gentle when he interviewed me. That’s how I remember him.

What will be the focus of your conversation?

It will be about music and how it’s going to survive and how important music is for the human race and the survival of the planet.

The music business has changed so much since the ’60s.

Maybe this is very naïve of me, but to me music is not business. Music is life. People are interested in business, money, all that kind of thing but I’d like to get into what music really is for us.

How do you feel when you’re performing?

I usually — and this is from way back, really — feel very nervous before I go on stage. When I’m on stage, the nervousness just goes away.

(Son) Sean (Lennon) performs before you on Saturday. What’s most compelling about him as a songwriter?

Well, Sean happens to have been a music director for all of my new concerts so far, (since) the album “(Between) My Head and the Sky.” He’s a good songwriter. It’s a miracle he is a good musician and songwriter when his dad’s shadow is so big.

Jody Denberg interviews Yoko Ono at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18 at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. She performs at the Chimera Music showcase at 1 a.m. Saturday night at Elysium, 705 Red River St.