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A silhouette (in white) of Founder's Tower, on a background illustrating a musical theme. Royal Holloway, University of London

March 30-April 1, 2007
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (UMBC)

Dr. E. Michael Richards - emrichards@umbc.edu
Dr. Kazuko Tanosaki - tanosaki@umbc.edu

Deadline for receipt - December 20, 2006 (5 PM, EST)

Western art music has existed for a relatively short time in Japan - it
is only since the 1950's, countering Japan's rush to adopt all that is
"Western," that some composers, led by Yuasa (b.1929), Mayuzumi
(1929-97), Takemitsu (1930-96), and Ichiyanagi (b.1933), began to move
away from stylistic modeling of nineteenth-century European forms and
twentieth-century dodecaphony towards a more individualistic approach.
Concerned with reflecting philosophical and musical elements from their
own culture, they began to discover and develop their "own music." The
music of these artists reflects a new global confluence of multiple
cultures - a powerful cross-fertilization of aesthetics and musical
characteristics from both East and West. The music is reflective of a
variety of aspects of contemporary Japanese and Western societies, while
at the same time deeply rooted in a traditional culture that has evolved
over many years.

UMBC will host a three-day symposium of performances, lecture-recitals,
panel discussions, and paper presentations on topics that concern
Japanese music from the widest possible range of disciplines and
expertise. A performance and roundtable is also being planned at the
Freer Gallery (National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institute) in
Washington, DC.

Three composers of international stature from Japan will participate in
the symposium. They represent a generation born after 1960 - composers
who were pupils of Yuasa, Miyoshi, Ikebe, Noda, and Kondo. Hiroyuki
Itoh, a winner of international composition prizes in Europe and Japan
(including the prestigious Akutagawa Award), has been commissioned and
performed by major ensembles including the New Japan Philharmonic, the
Nieuw Ensemble, and the Arditti Quartet; Hiroyuki Yamamoto, whose works
have been performed at Forum '91 (Montreal), Gaudeamus Music Week '94
(Holland), and ISCM World Music Days (2000 in Luxembourg and 2001 in
Yokohama), has received prizes for his work, including the Japan Music
Competition, Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, and Akutagawa Award; and
Shirotomo Aizawa, winner of an Ataka Prize, and composition prize from
the National Theater in Japan. He has studied composition in Tokyo,
Berlin, and Vienna, and conducting with Seiji Ozawa, among others.

Performances during the symposium will include a broad range of works
for different genres (solo instrument, chamber music, choral,
traditional instruments) by a number of composers, including premieres
of works by Itoh, Yamamoto, and Aizawa. The performers for these
concerts will include faculty and students of the UMBC Department of
Music, and guest musicians from the Baltimore/Washington DC area and
other international new music centers.

This symposium is the sixth in a series of events since 1992 to address
Japanese and other Asian musics, organized by Tanosaki and Richards.
Visit the websites of the other five to view programs, abstracts,
papers, and lecture transcriptions - Music of Japan Today 2003
(http://www.research.umbc.edu/~emrich/MFJ2003.html); Asian Music in
America: A Confluence of Two Worlds
(http://home.sprintmail.com/~emrichards/amia.html); and Music of Japan
Today: Tradition and Innovation I (1992), II (1994), and III (1997)


**Call for Paper proposals -

In addition to topics that address cross-fertilization of aesthetics and
musical characteristics (Japan and "other"), and the music and ideas of
the featured composers, the Committee is especially interested in paper
proposals that address the roles/functions of sound (music) in Japanese
culture. See the Music of Japan 2007 website for further information.

**Call for Lecture/Recitals -

30 minutes. CD of performance and short abstract (200 words).

**Call for Scores -

Composers of any nationality are invited to submit a score(s) for a
performance at Music of Japan Today 2007. Submitted music should have
some connection to the theme of the symposium (tradition and innovation
in music of Japan): this connection could be the use of traditional
Japanese music and/or aesthetic principles; or/and the nationality of
the composer (Japanese,Japanese-American, etc.). Recordings are also
welcomed as supplemental material, if available.

1) scores should be written for any combination of the following

flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute
clarinet/bass clarinet

2) scores must be accompanied by a one-paragraph description of how the
music is connected to the theme of the symposium

3) all submitted scores will be retained in the Japanese music library
in the UMBC Music Department

**Call for Computer/Tape music -

For a concert of Japanese composers - please submit recording, program
notes, and short composer bio

*Competition for Performers-

The review committee welcomes a CD submission by performers for a
performance of a work by a Japanese composer. See the Music of Japan
2007 website for further information. A list of works by the featured
composers can be found at the websites below:

Hiroyuki Itoh - http://www.netlaputa.ne.jp/~hyama/db/itoh/itohe.html
Hiroyuki Yamamoto -
Shirotomo Aizawa (to be posted in late August on the Music of Japan 2007

All submissions should be sent to the Directors:

Dr. Kazuko Tanosaki & Professor E. Michael Richards
Department of Music
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

phone = 410-455-3064
fax = 410-455-1181

email = tanosaki@umbc.edu or emrichards@umbc.edu

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