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17 March 2017 - 'here, today' for clarinet quintet and recording devices to be premièred

My first piece for clarinet quintet (actually it’s for bass clarinet) and recording devices will be premièred on Friday 17 March 2017 at the Yodobashi Church in Ōkubo, as part of the 7th concert in the Shisō Jidai concert series. The performers will be Ryuta Iwase and the Lorie Quartet. It is also the first piece I’ve written incorporating recording devices on stage, perhaps the most primitive form of live electronics that can be conceived. It’s an experimental departure for me, and if you’re in Tokyo, I hope you can come hear it!

Doors open at 6pm and the concert starts at 6:30. Ticket details are printed in the poster below.

Programme note


Our perception of the world is increasingly indirect, filtered through the media of audio and video recordings, as well as photography. Which recordings or pictures we see or hear are also increasingly filtered through social media algorithms that few of us understand or even know exist at all. Instead of a shared reality, or even a shared unreality, we more and more have our own individual realities which we believe to be real but which are not recognised by anyone else. This situation has had, and will continue to have, obvious and disastrous effects on our body politic, which relies on a shared reality in which we can ground our collective decisions about society and the environment.
here, today is a piece about reproducing and sharing information about the environment. The string players share recordings of their local environment (made on the day of the performance), and most of the first half of the piece is recorded by the clarinetist and played back in the second half. The decisions of each performer and the composer, as well as the limitations of the recording and playback devices used, all affect what sounds are heard in the hall. Each performance will be different, and each listener in each performance will hear a subtly different piece. Are any of the myriad versions a true reflection of reality?
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Christmas Day 2016 - 'KoNoSo' for 25 musicians to be premièred by Ensemble Muromachi

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Ensemble Muromachi will give the first performance of KoNoSo (a transliteration of the Linear B to the left), a piece for 12 Japanese and 13 Baroque and Renaissance western instruments. The piece – which takes its name and inspiration from the ancient Cretan city of Knossos and, by extension, Satie’s series of unbarred Gnossiennes – has a freefloating quality of distant lyricism, like a city viewed through the lens of 4000 years of history and myth.

The performance is on Christmas Day at 4pm (doors open at 3:30) at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno.
Further details are available (in Japanese) on the Ensemble Muromachi website.
Tickets can be purchased directly from me.

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19-20 October 2016 - 'fallings' for shō, viola, and cello to be premièred by Atelier Jaku

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‘fallings’, my latest large-scale work at about 45 minutes in length, will be premièred on Wednesday 19 October and repeated on 20 October. The performances are part of atelier jaku’s Vanitas Series vol.2 (the first was in November 2014) and will also include four Japanese premières of wandelweiser-collective composer Jürg Frey’s pieces.
Both concerts will take place in the Ōmigakudō at Tokyo Opera City.
For full information, please see atelier jaku’s website by clicking here.

Performers:
  Ko Ishikawashō, u
  Mari Adachiviola
  Seiko Takemotocello

Date:    19 (Wed) and 20 (Thurs) October 2016
Time:    7pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Tickets: ¥3500 (general) / ¥1500 (student) / +¥500 at the door
Tickets will be on sale starting 1 August. They will be available online via 'pia', from the Tokyo Opera City box office, or by emailing atelier jaku directly.

Location:  Ōmigakudō
      Tokyo Opera City, 3F
      3-20-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

23 September 2016 - 'muons' for solo percussion and fixed media to be premièred by Shiniti Ueno

On 23 September, my new new piece muons for percussion and fixed media will be premièred by Shiniti Ueno at Ōmigakudō in Tokyo Opera City. muons was commissioned by Phonix Promote with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.

This piece is my first for more than five years including fixed media, so was an exciting challenge for me. I made field recordings in Canada, the UK, Korea, Kyoto, and Kamakura and assembled them to accompany a score made of delicate, natural percussion instruments.

The other composers featured on the programme are two of my heroes, Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman, as well as two Japanese composers Takehito Shimazu and Toshiro Nakagawa who will also have new pieces premièred.

For tickets, go to Confetti web or contact infophonix2014@gmail.com

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Location:  Ōmigakudō
      Tokyo Opera City, 3F
      3-20-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo



We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
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