Japanese Music Today and Tomorrow
Brighton, October 2001
JAPANESE MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW: 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) 17.00-18.30: 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. Programme: 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.