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Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Prize

On 23 January it was announced that Daryl Jamieson was the recipient of the 3rd annual Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Prize, given to contemporary works – by composers, performers, or critics resident in Japan, irrespective of age or nationality – which enrich the field of new art music and advance the cause of a more creative and musical society. Ichiyanagi himself solely chooses the winning works.

The citation reads: ‘The third work in a trilogy begun in 2014, Is nowhere free of bad tidings? (2017) is based on a deep consideration of the flux of Japanese history. Taken together, the trilogy is an epic musical work of extraordinarily elegance and contemporary topical perspective.… The piece succeeds in theatrically expressing, by means of its original notational system, the transient spirit of various times and societies, rendering a picture of the world darkly tinged by the harshness of reality.’

Further information (in Japanese) can be found here.

14 October 2017 - 'is nowhere free of bad tidings?'

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On 14 October 2017, the third piece in my ‘Vanitas’ trilogy of music theatre pieces will be premièred in Kamakura. is nowhere free of bad tidings? is a site-specific work for five Japanese traditional instruments in a traditional tea house and garden setting. The players also sing a variety of texts drawn from Latin proverbs, Kamo no Chōmei’s Hōjōki, and waka poems by the Kamakura-era shōgun Minamoto Sanetomo and the Buddhist poet-priest Saigyō Hōshi.

The event also includes a performance of a koto duo by Jo Kondo, and Japanese premières of pieces by Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, and Frank Denyer. Visual artists Beatriz Inglessis and Setsuami have both made artworks which will be displayed in the performance area, and tea will be served with a bespoke Japanese sweet as part of the performance. See full details here.

Date:    Saturday 14 October 201 (two performances)
Times:    11:00am (doors open 10:30pm)
      15:30pm (doors open 15:00pm)

Tickets:    ¥4000 (general) / ¥2500 (student)
Tickets or Reservations are required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Please contact me or atelier jaku directly for tickets.

Location:  Kyū-Ichijō-Ekan-Sansō
      5-1-10 Jōmyōji, Kamakura, Kanagawa

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.


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.

  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