Ryoko Aoki, Noh performer

In synchronization with
Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary,
an exhibition of Xenakis' drawings, sketches, and
other visual materials at The Drawing Center
through March 2010

Electronic Music Foundation
presents

Xenakis & Japan

A dance/music event highlighting Xenakis’ lifelong interest in Japanese music and theater, conceived by and with choreography, stage design, and costumes by Luca Veggetti. With lighting by Roderick Murray, dance by the Purchase Dance Corps and Frances Chiaverini, and performances by Noh artist Ryoko Aoki, bassist Robert Black, and shakuhachi virtuoso James Nyoraku Schlefer.

Sunday, February 28, 8pm
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
New York City

Tickets $15 / $10 seniors and students
For reservations and advance sales, email events@emf.org or call (888) 749-9998

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The event is a rare opportunity to learn about the profound influence that Japanese culture, in particular the art of Noh, had on Xenakis. Noh is a theatrical form that Xenakis considered to be a supreme artistic achievement as well as emblematic of his own vision in regard to musical drama. Luca Veggetti comments:


Veggetti continues: "The participation of Japanese Noh performer Ryoko Aoki is particularly meaningful in this context as she embodies our aspirations in searching for the essence and meaning of movement. Sharing the space with wonderful young dancers from the Purchase Dance Corps, their performance will unfold as a ritual between musician and dancer, bringing forth Xenakis’ unique musical vision, as well as striving to find a formal balance between the powerful universe of the sound and the extreme precision and control of the dancers."

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This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional funding has been provided by Amphion Foundation and numerous individuals.



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PROGRAM w/ SCENES AND SOUNDS FROM THE PERFORMANCE

Choreography, stage direction, production design by Luca Veggetti
Lighting by Roderick Murray


Introductory words by Luca Veggetti

Concret PH ........................................................................................................... Iannis Xenakis
    entrance music


Excerpt from Concret PH

Orient-Occident ..................................................................................................... Iannis Xenakis
   Purchase Dance Corps


Excerpt from Orient-Occident

Theraps ................................................................................................................ Iannis Xenakis
    Robert Black, double bass
    Frances Chiaverini, solo dance


Excerpt from Theraps

Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Reverberation-Flower-Interval) ......................................................... Iannis Xenakis
    Ryoko Aoki, Noh performance
    Purchase Dance Corps


Excerpt from Hibiki-Hana-Ma

Shigure ................................................................................................................. Yuji Takahashi
    James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi


Excerpt from Shigure

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Iannis Xenakis
Iannis Xenakis, civil engineer, architect, associate of Le Corbusier in the 1950s, is among the most radical and original of 20th-century composers. Pioneer in electronic music and in the use of stochastic processes, he is the author of Formalized Music, founder of CEMAMu (Center for Studies in Mathematics and Automated Music), and recipient of the prestigious Kyoto Prize.


Luca Veggetti
Choreographer and production designer of numerous works around the world, Luca Veggetti attracted attention in New York with his production design and choreography for Xenakis' opera Oresteia at Miller Theater in New York in 2008. He has worked with the Kirov Ballet, with FontanaMix in Italy, and with composers Paolo Aralla, Toshio Hosokawa, Sylvano Bussotti and Gerhard Staebler.


Ryoko Aoki
In addition to performance of traditional Noh theater, Ryoko Aoki has premiered works by Joji Yuasa, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Ken Ito, Akiko Yamane and Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber. She has performed the Noh opera Macbeth in New York and London. She was introduced to New York audiences in her performance of Tsuchigumo, a Noh Play, as part of the Japanese Festival at Carnegie Hall in 1996.


Frances Chiaverini
Frances Chiaverini has danced with the Nederlands Dans Theatre, performed with Attack Theatre, Shen Wei, Lucas Crandall, and Off-Broadway in Martha Clarke's The Garden of Earthly Delights.  Since 2006, she has been collaborating with choreographer and director Luca Veggetti creating many works including Play for Dancer in Milan, Italy, and The Oresteia in New York.


Robert Black
Double bassist Robert Black tours the world playing solo concerts. He teaches at the Hartt School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil. He has recorded two solo CDs for Mode Records—The Complete Bass Music of Christian Wolff and The Bass Music of Giacinto Scelsi—and he has recordings on Sony Classical, Cantaloupe, and other labels.



James Nyoraku Schlefer
Shakuhachi virtuoso James Nyoraku Schlefer has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Tanglewood. He has toured internationally in Europe, Asia and South America. His music was featured on NPR's All Things Considered. He received the Dai-Shi-Han (Grand Master's Certificate) in 2001, and in 2007, he received a second Shi-Han license from Kurahashi Yodo’s Mujuan Dojo in Kyoto.

THE MUSIC

Concret PH

Composed in 1958 for the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair, Concret PH is a short piece based on the granular sounds of smoldering charcoal, with varying texture and density achieved by overlays of sounds played on tape at different speeds.

Orient-Occident

Composed in 1960 for a UNESCO-commissioned film by Enrico Fulchigniono on the art of different cultures, Orient-Occident used sounds from objects such as bowed boxes, bells, and metal rods, as well as sounds from the ionisphere and excerpts from Pithoprakta, an earlier orchestral work, played at different speeds.

Theraps

Composed in 1976, Theraps is a virtuoso exercise for solo double-bass, technically challenging and musically fascinating.

Hibiki-Hana-Ma

Composed in 1970 for the Osaka World's Fair where he had access to over 800 loudspeakers, Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Reverberation-Flower-Interval) was composed with the UPIC system, a graphical input device that Xenakis invented, using recordings of an orchestra, a biwa (a small Japanese lute), and a snare drum.

Shigure

Shigure (A Shower in Early Winter), was originally written as incidental music for Shijo, a play by Saikaku Ihara. Yuji Takahashi was a student and friend of Xenakis.


 

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