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Japanese Music Today and Tomorrow
Brighton, October 2001

conference and concert on the theme of contemporary Japanese music

Time: 11.00 - 19.00, Saturday 27th October, 2001

Place: Sallis Theatre, University of Brighton

Presented by Kingston University Music Department, in association with The
Takemitsu Society

11.00-13.00 and 14.30-16.30:
Introduction by Professor Stephen Arnold (Kingston University)

Presentations (order as yet to be decided):

Not Just Toru Takemitsu: An Outsider's View of the Japanese Contemporary Music
Scene (Peter Burt, author of the recent book The Music of Toru Takemitsu,
Cambridge University Press, 2001)

The Cave and The Tree: Clues to the Music of Japan?
(Professor Kevin Jones, Kingston University)

Poetics of Intercultural Synthesis:
Gagaku in Postwar Art Music
(Yayoi Uno Everett, Emory University, Atlanta, USA)

Takemitsu's Composed Space in Kurosawa's Ran
(Miguel Mera, Centre for Screen Music Studies, Royal College of Music, London)
American Minimal Influences on Ryuichi Sakamoto's Music for 'Merry Christmas 
Mr Lawrence'
(Hiro Fujimura, Kingston University)

Performance by Aki Kuroda (piano), Takako Yamasaki (violin) and Andrew Melvin
(piano) to include works by Takemitsu, Matsushita, Nishimura, Kunihiko Goto and
Kiyohiko Sano

Biographies of performers:

Takako Yamasaki was born in 1972 in Japan and started studying violin at the age
of five. She completed her BA and MA at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts
and Music under Professor Kazuki Sawa and her soloist diploma course at the
Musikhochschule Winterthur-Zurich under Professor György Pauk, supported by a
scholarship from the Yasuda-Seimei cutural foundation. She has performed with
several orchestras such as the Suisse Romande, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, New
Japan Philharmony Orchestra, Winterthur Stadthaus Orchestra and Pleven Symphony
Orchestra. Since 1995 she has begun giving recitals in Japan, Switzerland and
Italy to critical acclaim. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary
works, with an interest not only in solo works but also for chamber music.  She
won first prize at the 28th Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, 5th
Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition and 19th Vittorio Gui International
Chamber Music Competition, and third prize in the 45th Paganini Violin
Competition. Takako Yamasaki now lives in London.

Toru Takemitsu: Hika pour violon et piano (4'30")
Isao Matsushita: L'Aurore for violin and piano (6'40")
Toru Takemitsu: From far beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog for violin
and piano (6'30")

Andrew Melvin was born in 1969 and studied piano and composition at the Royal
Academy, Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music. From 1998-2000 he
was selected by the Anglo-Japanese Daiwa Foundation for a scholarship which
enabled him to spend a year studying music in Japan. He is now based in London and
is active as a freelance composer, performer and teacher. His latest composition
project, Haiku Album, consists of works for solo piano based on Haiku poetry.

For the Brighton event he will be playing Stepping - Stones by Kunihiko Goto and
e2 by Kiyohiko Sano

Aki Kuroda graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and
gained first prize in the 1993 French Music Competition (Japan) and 1997
Contemporary Music Competition (Japan). She also received the special
interpretation award at the Xavier Montsalvatge Competition for twentieth-century
piano music in Spain (1995).  She has performed the works of many
twentieth-century composers including Ligeti, Xenakis, Donatoni, Boulez and
Takemitsu at various concerts and music festivals. She has devoted particular
energies to performing the works of Astor Piazzolla, including the world première
of a work by Piazzolla on her first CD. Aki Kuroda is not only a refined
interpreter of classical and contemporary music but is also skilled in jazz,
popular music, tango, avant-garde music and improvisation.