Dialogue on tradition with avant-garde" TALK SESSION Vol.8

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Dialogue on tradition with avant-garde" TALK SESSION Vol.8

-Daisetz, Cage, Ichiyanagi

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TitleDialogue on tradition with avant-garde" TALK SESSION Vol.8
-Daisetz, Cage, Ichiyanagi
Time13:00 - 15:00
AdmissionFree (Reservations requierd/Japanese-English Interpretation)
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
VenueTWS Aoyama:Creator-in-Residence
GuestMorihide Katayama (researcher in history of thought / music critic), Toshi Ichiyanagi (composer, pianist / TWS Music Program Supervisor)

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TWS started the talk series "Dialogue on tradition with avant-garde", in which we think about tradition from various perspectives for seeking new artistic expression. This 8th time, Morihide Katayama (researcher in history of thought/ music critic) will discuss the role of Zen in the history of thought and culture in the twentieth century, and think how we can apprehend the two composers, John Cage and Toshi Ichiyanagi from that view point. In the last part of the discourse, Ichiyanagi himself will also appear to have a talk with Katayama. Do not miss this great opportunity!

Guest Profile

Morihide Katayama

(Researcher in history of thought / Music critic) Associate Professor at Faculty of Law, Keio University. At the end of 1980s, Katayama started his career as critic, dealing chiefly in music, movie and Japanese modern thought. In the field of music, he makes a historical review of Japanese modern music through re-evaluating Japanese conductors and composers in the past, and editing the anthology of works by Japanese composers for CD label, Naxos. He has written many books and awarded several literary prizes, including Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for "Disc Modernology" and "Disc Museography" (Artes Publishing, 2008). He also serves as a host for radio programs.

Toshi Ichiyanagi
(Composer, Pianist / TWS Music Program Supervisor) Born in 1933 in Kobe, Japan, Toshi Ichiyanagi studied composition with Kishio Hirao and John Cage, piano with Chieko Hara, Barnhard Weiser and Beveridge Webster. After attending the Julliard School of Music and the New School for Social Research in New York between 1954-60, he returned to Japan in 1961, and introduced many new musical concepts, including Cage's idea of indeterminacy, exerting a strong influence on the stream of the Japanese contemporary music. As one of the leading composers in Japan, Ichiyanagi has composed in most genres of music: operas, orchestral, chamber and instrumental works. Among his major works are Violin Concerto "Circulating Scenery"(1983), Piano Concerto No.2 "Winter Portrait"(1987) and Opera "Momo"(1995, based on a novel by Michael Ende). While composing these large-scale pieces, he is also known for his compositions using Japanese traditional instruments such as sho and gagaku ensemble. Many of them have been performed throughout the world, especially by Tokyo International Music Ensemble where he serves as Artistic Director. He is also Supervisor of Tokyo Wonder Site Music Program. He was named with a Person of Cultural Merit (2008).