Tomoko Mukaiyama

The Russian cellist Maya Fridman is a young music pioneer who created a self-styled performance featuring the enchanting music of her countryman Alfred Schnittke. He created a supernatural sound world for Peer Gynt, a ballet about a stubborn, dreamy world traveler from Norway who traverses the realm of the trolls. Fridman is ‘musician in residence’ with Gaudeamus, the Dutch organization for new music. With the iconic Japanese pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, she made a cross-disciplinary adaptation of Schnittke’s original and breathes new life into this orchestral work. Invisible voices haunt this unearthly music where lighting and stage sets create an entirely new and original world around it. Fridman, who plays classical music as easily as rock with her ‘cello, draws her audience into the fairy-tale world of this vagabond where dream and reality imperceptibly merge. His visits to existing countries and mythical realms are given shape with sublime music in surroundings that transcend the imagination in light and image.

The concept of ‘home’ is more complex than just the place where people live. It is a safe haven, but can also be a place of traumatic experiences and violence. A house isolates people, but it also brings one closer to family and self. On the one hand a home provides stability, but on the other it can be a prison. Tomoko Mukaiyama, a director, choreographer, composer and video artist, has created the impressive installation performance HOME. Ema Yuasa, a former dancer of NDT, takes the audience past various stages in the life of one woman. We join her in a room, where we look through the window to the outside world. 

The Dutch-Japanese pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama makes a theatrical spectacle of her concerts. Together with Gerard Bouwhuis, she presents Multus #2: Dance on Piano, an intriguing program for two pianos surrounded by a forest of video screens. Films showing blossoming flowers and growing crystals filmed by J.C. Moll surround the audience. In this setting they play an arrangement of Le Sacre du Printemps, the groundbreaking work by Igor Stravinsky in which the ghosts of an untamed prehistoric Russia are evoked. They also present two more restrained pieces, Experiences 1 by John Cage and Socrate, drame symphonique en 3 parties by Erik Satie in an arrangement for two pianos by John Cage. The various rhythms of film and music draw the audience in and sometimes accompany each other, and sometimes expressly not.

PROGRAM
Igor Stravinsky – Sacre du Printemps (1913)
Erik Satie – Socrate, drame symphonique en 3 parties, arrangé pour 2 pianos par John Cage (1919/1944)
John Cage – Experience I, voor twee piano’s (1945)

‘A scream in the universe’; words used to describe Galina Oustvolskaya’s sixth piano sonata. Together with the more subtle and cinematic fifth piano sonata, this work is the beating heart of the mysterious SHIROKURO, which means white-black in Japanese. Pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama and choreographer Nicole Beutler, lighting designer Jean Kalman and dancer Mitchell-lee van Rooij stir each other up in an uncompromising performance full of extremes and contrasts: darkness emphasizes light, sound makes silence audible, hell defines heaven. Image, dance, and music merge and with theatrical precision and continuous energy the audience is invited to surrender to a sensual ritual.

Je sens un deuxième coeur is a music theatre drama about a woman who is tossed between her conflicting desires. The music is by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho; one of today’s leading and most often performed opera composers. Soprano Roswitha Bergmann performs the leading role and the well-known director Pierre Audi gives form to this drama. Audi is an authority on opera, in addition to being the artistic director of the Nederlandse Opera and the Holland Festival. Together with pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, violist Esther Apituley, and Roswitha Bergmann, Audi’s presence guarantees compelling and thought-provoking music theatre.    

SHOES’ is a piano recital, an installation, and a performance full of “light, fire, music, burlesque, and even silence.” (NRC). Pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama intelligently weaves together a number of very different compositions by composers such as Bach, Stockhausen and Ligeti with improvisations and techno music. She places these elements in a new musical and visual context. In her performance shoe icons take on near-human dimensions: they move, dance, fly, make love, die and disappear. The installation of shoes and objects can be examined more closely after the performance.

InSHOES’  you'll hear parts of the following compositions:
• Johann Sebastian Bach, French Suite No.2 in cmoll,
BWV 813
• John Dowland, Flow My Tears
• Frédéric Chopin, Prelude No. 4 Opus 28
• Yannis Kyriakides, Satellites
• Gyorgy Ligeti, Étude 13: L'escalier du diable
• Tomoko Mukaiyama, Bon Bon
• Tomoko Mukaiyama, for toy piano
• Tomoko Mukaiyama, improvisaties
Conlon Nancarrow, Three 2Part
Studies for Piano
• Frederic Rzewski, Piano Piece No'4
• Dmitri Shostakovitsj, Prelude No. 1
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Klavierstück IX

The Japanese artist and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who lives and works in the Netherlands, has travelled the world over with her installation Wasted, and aims with her work to connect different sections of the public from different cultures. The original installation included 12.000 white dresses that form a labyrinth where the public can walk through. Women are invited to take a dress home, to where it during their menstrual period and to share their experiences. A number of these dresses, together with parts of a documentary by Aliona van der Horst will be shown in Club Korzo. She made a poetic documentary about the women who got involved with this project and explored for themselves what that femininity meant to them. Aliona: “it is a grating, strange ode to the ‘feminine nature’ in all its contradictions".

Festival Waanzinnige Vrouwen | 24 thru 27 March | The Hague
In the weekend of 24 thru 27 March, The Hague will be the scene of a festival in which young musicians of the Royal Conservatory, Codarts Rotterdam, the Dutch National Opera Academy, Opera2Day, and the New European Ensemble, together with the Residentie Orkest and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama will give concerts at various locations.
The weekend comprises six performances in which composers and theatre makers attempt to penetrate the essence of Woman. At times monumentally, employing hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, at times lightly of playfully. Music of all ages that sing of masculine struggle and feminine motives in a variety of ways.

Sonic Tapestry IV
For her performance Sonic Tapestry, the strong-willed pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama delves into four centuries of musical history. Diverse compositions from East and West are woven together with improvised sections. Tomoko runs the spectrum from fragile pieces by Scarlatti and Schumann to dark soundscapes by Merzbow and Somei Satoh. Tomoko Mukaiyama frequently confuses her audience. With the greatest of ease, she alternates a fashion show of top designers Klavers van Engelen with her intense sounds that can turn your soul inside out. Her visual approach to music throws new theatrical light on music ancient and modern.

Sonic Tapestry IV bestaat uit fragmenten van onder andere;
J. S. Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier BMW 847, 848,851
William Bolcom - Piano Etude – Rag infernal (1982)
Merzbow/ Atsuhiko Gondai - Black Mass (2000)
Tomoko Mukaiyama - KU-RO (2009)
Tomoko Mukaiyama - Improvisations
Somei Satoh - Incarnation (1978)
Robert Schumann - Lotosblume Op.25 
Robert Schumann - Arabesque
Salvatore Sciarrino - Piano Sonata no'2 (1983)
Alexandre Tansman - Sonata Rustica (1926)

Wasted
The Japanese artist and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who lives and works in the Netherlands, has travelled the world over with her installation Wasted, and aims with her work to connect different sections of the public from different cultures. The original installation included 12.000 white dresses that form a labyrinth where the public can walk through. Women are invited to take a dress home, to where it during their menstrual period and to share their experiences. A number of these dresses, together with parts of a documentary by Aliona van der Horst will be shown in Club Korzo. She made a poetic documentary about the women who got involved with this project and explored for themselves what that femininity meant to them. Aliona: “it is a grating, strange ode to the ‘feminine nature' in all its contradictions".

Festival Waanzinnige Vrouwen | 24 thru 27 March | The Hague
In the weekend of 24 thru 27 March, The Hague will be the scene of a festival in which young musicians of the Royal Conservatory, Codarts Rotterdam, the Dutch National Opera Academy, Opera2Day, and the New European Ensemble, together with the Residentie Orkest and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama will give concerts at various locations.
The weekend comprises six performances in which composers and theatre makers attempt to penetrate the essence of Woman. At times monumentally, employing hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, at times lightly of playfully. Music of all ages that sing of masculine struggle and feminine motives in a variety of ways.

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