Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 02 February 2013, 10.30am
‘First, devote yourself to the simple act of listening,’ wrote the late pioneering Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu, ‘Only then you will understand the purpose of music.’ Sound and silence, day and night, the sonorities of East and West meet in his works of mesmerising, twilit poetry. He inspired two generations of uniquely cosmopolitan Japanese composers, whose works we’ll hear alongside a fascinating exploration of Japanese traditional music.
10.30am Talk & Film, Barbican Cinema 2
Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu
Takemitsu composed the scores for almost 100 films, including Kurosawa's epic Ran, based on King Lear. This documentary includes interviews with Takemitsu and clips from some of the films.
1994, Dir. Charlotte Zwerin
Plus an introduction to music in Japan today by Dr. Paul Newland, Senior Professor in Composition, Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
1.00pm Concert, LSO St. Luke’s
Takemitsu Rain Spell
Takemitsu Tree Line
Jo Kondo Surface, Depth and Colour
Dai Fujikura Secret Forest
Guildhall Chamber Ensemble
Sian Edwards conductor
Taking us from Takemitsu’s beguiling vision of slender acacias Tree Line (1988) to the dizzying evocation of birds and insects in Dai Fujikura’s Secret Forest (2008) the Guildhall Chamber Ensemble explore a fragile, unearthly and shimmering acoustic world in this concert. Jo Kondo’s meditative Surface, Depth and Colour bridges the generation gap.
Tickets £12 (unreserved seating)
3.00pm Film, Barbican Cinema 2
Thirteen Steps Around TakemitsuA portrait of Takemitsu filmed at his country home and in Tokyo, featuring the composer in conversation as well as perfomances of A Flock Descends on the Pentagonal Garden and excerpts from his chamber music.
UK, 1996, Dir. Barrie Gavin
5.00pm Concert, Barbican Hall
Traditional Japanese music for sho, koto and shakuhachi
Dai Fujikura Movements from Okeanos cycle: Touch of Breeze, Breathign Tides, Cutting Sky and Okeanos Breeze
New improvised work created by musicians from the BBC SO, Okeanos, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and composer Dai Fujikura.
Robin Thompson sho
Melissa Holding koto
Clive Bell shakuhachi
Musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
A chance to hear traditional music from Japan, performed by leading UK exponents. Plus East meets West in Dai Fujikura’s cycle of pieces written for the Okeanos ensemble. And a new work created specially for this concert.
Tickets £12 (unreserved seating)
7.00pm Free Event, Barbican Foyer
Stream of Sound, part of BBC SO Diverse Orchestras Japan
BBC SO musicians have worked with several BBC SO Learning partners to create a new work inspired by the music of Takemitsu. This performance is the culmination of a week-long series of workshops, projects and performances.
7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Akira Nishimura Bird Heterophony UK premiere
Misato Mochizuki Musubi UK premiere
Takemitsu November Steps for shakuhachi, biwa and orchestra UK premiere
Dai Fujikura Atom European premiere
Toshio Hosokawa Woven Dreams UK premiere
Akira Miyoshi Litania pour Fuji London premiere
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Kazushi Ono conductor
Kifu Mitsuhashi shakuhachi
Kumiko Shuto biwa
A unique celebration of Japanese composers past and present, featuring two major premieres, by Dai Fujikura and Toshio Hosokawa. Nishimura’s scintillating Bird Heterophony contasts with the sad solemnity of Mochizuki’s Musubi, both for strings and percussion. Miyoshi’s Litani Fuji erupts like the famous volcano while Takemitsu’s spooky November Steps, in which he juxtaposed traditional Japanese instruments with orchestra, was written at the suggestion of Leonard Bernstein.
Tickets £24 £20 £16 £12 £8
10.00pm Free Event, Barbican Club Stage
Join contemporary music ensemble Jetsam for a free and relaxed late-night performance of Disruption, a mix of acoustic and electronic music inspired by the Barbican’s Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition of 2011. Produced in collaboration with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning.
Sounds from Japan Day Pass
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£48 £45 £42 £38 £35
Thursday 31 January 7.00pm
Maida Vale Studios
A free concert in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's home, featuring traditional music from Japan performed by Kiju Mitsuhashi, shakuhachi, and Kumiko Shutou, biwa.
Tickets for this event are available here
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