Ken'ichi Nakagawa x John Cage "Sonata and Interlude"


Ken'ichi Nakagawa x John Cage "Sonata and Interlude"




TitleKen'ichi Nakagawa x John Cage "Sonata and Interlude"
Admission1000 yen / Student Free (*Reservation required)
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
VenueTokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Symphony Space)
Ken'ichi Nakagawa


Sound, Art & Performance

TEF is a festival which introduces experimental performances and exhibitions focusing on music and sound, and it marks its 9th volume this year. Over a period of two months, this year's festival will offer a unique agenda full of TEF style performances and sound installations.

TEF Sound Installation
TWS_banner_Sound_0828.jpgPeriod: Dec 6 (Sat.) 2014 - Jan 18 (Sun.) 2015
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo

TEF Performance *All Program Finished
TWS_banner_Pf_0828.jpgPeriod: Oct 31 (Fri.) - Nov 16 (Sun.), 2014
Venue: Ryogoku Monten Hall

Mysterious world of prepared piano unraveled by a contemporary music specialist!

Prepared piano is a grand piano whose sounds has had altered by placing objects, such as erasers, wood pieces, and bolts, between or on the strings. This instrument was "invented" in 1940 by an American composer, John Cage, to achieve colorful percussive sounds with only one piano.
Although prepared piano is well known in the field of contemporary music, there are few chances to see and listen to its live performance because of its high maintenance character. On the final day of TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL Vol.9, TWS presents a workshop-concert to "anatomize" the enchantments of this mysterious instrument.

prepared_piano.jpgのサムネイル画像The workshop-performance is conducted by a pianist, Ken'ichi Nakagawa, who is actively works on outreach activities and workshops in addition to playing in concerts. He is also known as a specialist of contemporary music. In the workshop, Nakagawa will guides participants to have various experiences to investigate the prepared piano: observing the whole process of the preparation and comparing the interpretations with the prepared piano and a normal one, for example. In the concert part after the workshop, Nakagawa will play the whole pieces of "Sonatas and Interludes" by J. Cage, the most famous work for prepared piano.

Ticket Information

14:00-15:30 Workshop
*Available only in Japanese (intermission)
Concert: J. Cage "Sonatas and Interludes" Talk after the Concert
*Available only in Japanese

Booking *sold out!
  1. 1. Booking should be made by E-mail or Fax.
    Email: / Fax: 03-5602-9882
  2. 2. Please inform us of your name, phone number, date/ time/ name of the performance and number of tickets with a subject of "Booking for OPEN SITE". (On booking by Fax, please let us know your Fax number, too.)
  3. 3. Payment should be made at the venue on the day of performance.
  4. 4. Booking will be closed by 17:00 of the day before each performance, or as soon as the seats are fully booked. For the latest ticket information, please check this page.
  5. *Please note that program content may change due to inevitable reasons.


Ken'ichi Nakagawa

(Pianist, Conductor) Born in Miyagi pref., Japan, Ken'ichi Nakagawa graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music (piano and conducting). He moved to Belgium to study piano under Robert Groslot and pianoforte under Jos Vam Immerseel at Kroni nkijk Vlaams Concervatorium van Antwerpen, where he finishied the High Diploma with Great distinction in 1995, and the Specialization also with Great distinction in 1997. Nakagawa was awarded third prize at the Gaudeamus International Competition in interpreting works in Rotterdam. In Japan, he is on high demand as a soloist, a chamber musician, and as a conductor in chamber ensemble and chamber operas as well as a member of the Ensemble Nomad, contemporary music ensemble. (Photo: Mika Oizumi)