TAKAYUKI RAI
b. 1954

Rivulet, 2017

for recorder and live electronics
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
world premiere 3/2017, Tokyo

Takayuki Rai was born in Tokyo in 1954. He studied composition with Yoshiro Irino in Japan and Helmut Lachenmann in Germany, and computer music with Paul Berg at the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands. He worked as a freelance composer and at the Institute of Sonology as a guest composer in The Netherlands in the 1980s. Since 1991 he is teaching computer music and composition at the Sonology Department, Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and taught at the Lancaster University in The United Kingdom between 2006 and 2013. He is also supervising the development of Max/MSP plug-in software 'DIPS' (Digital Image Processing with Sound) for the creation of interactive multimedia art since 2000. His works have been selected at numerous international competitions, including the Gaudeamus Competition of Composition, the ISCM World Music Days, and the International Computer Music Conference. He also won the Mixed Electronic Music award at 13th International Electroacoustic Music Competition Bourges in France, the Irino Composition Prize in Japan, and 1st prize at the NEWCOMP International Computer Music Competition in USA. In 1991 he received the ICMA (International Computer Music Association) Commission Award. Some of his scores are published by DONEMUS in The Netherlands and recordings of his works are included in various CDs released by such as Wergo, le Chant de Monde, CENTAUR, Digital Art Creation and Fontec.

http://www.t-rai.net/profile.html


MOTOHARU KAWASHIMA
b. 1972

Etude Lunaire II, 2011/12

for voice solo (Br)


Lachenmann IV, 2015-7

for singer and bass (subbass) recorder
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
world premiere 3/2017, Tokyo

Motoharu Kawashima (b. 1972, Tokyo, Japan) studied composition with Isao Matsushita and Jo Kondo at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He received his masters degree from the same university in 1999. Among the awards he has received are the Akiyoshidai International Composition Prize (1992), Darmstadter Stipendiumpreis and the Best Notation Prize (1994), Darmstadter Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (1996), Second Prize at the Japan Music Competition (1996), Akutagawa Composition Prize (1997), and Encouragement Award of the Japan Choreographers' Society (1997). His music has been accepted at the ISCM World Music Days (Copenhagen, 1996), and the Asian Composers' League Conference and Festival (Yokohama, 2000). During the Tokyo Summer Festivals of 1996 and 1999, his works were given an exclusive showcase. Kawashima has received accolades and engendered the praise of new music critics and enthusiasts with his unconventional style and use of visual performance aspects. His entry to the 2003 Melbourne Festival, Fight with Violin, contained instructions such as "rub violin on top of head, end performance with an empty stage and a recording of a classical piece." 2000 accepted for the 21th Conference and Festival of the ACL in Yokohama. Since 2003 lecturer of the Shobi University. 2005 & 2006 portrait concert by Ensemble Bois (Tokyo). Since 2007producer of comtemporary music series "eX." with Akiko Yamane. 2007solo recital (Tokyo). Since 2008 director of the Japan Federation of Composers Inc. In 2009 he won the 27th Nakajima Kenzo Music Prize. Actually, Kawashima works as Professor at the Composition Dpt. of the Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo. In Oct 2014 the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a portrait concert dedicated to his works.


KOTOKA SUZUKI
b. 1971

Reservoir, 2013/4

for voice and live electronics
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
world premiere Tokyo, Kunitachi College of Music, 14/MAY/2014

The Excess, 2016/7
for recorders and live electronics
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
world premiere 5/2017, Brig


Kotoka Suzuki, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a composer focusing on both multimedia and instrumental practices. She has produced several large-scale multimedia works, including spatial interactive audio-visual work for both concert and installation settings, often in collaboration with artists and scholars from other disciplines. Her work conceives of sounds as physical moving objects that are visible, constantly transforming into different forms, sizes, and colors, as they travel through the air at different speeds. These objects can be based on real life such as water or an entirely imaginary object. Suzuki’s work is often produced in relationship to a specific site. The placement of sounds and performers within the site is also a crucial element in her work. The roles of the performer and audience are often expanded so that they become active compositional partners, where they are invited to directly influence the music and visual elements as well as the narrative/musical structure of the work. Her work has been featured internationally by performers such as Arditti String Quartet, Continuum, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Pacifica String Quartet and Earplay Ensemble, at numerous festivals such as Ultraschall, ISCM World Music Days, Inventionen, Klangwerktage, VideoEx, International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), and Music at the Anthology (MATA). Among the awards she has received include DAAD Artist in Resident Berlin (Germany), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition Prize-Multimedia (France), Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts, George A and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, and Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition Honor Prize (Czech). She received a B.M. degree in composition from Indiana University and a D.M.A. degree in composition at Stanford University.

http://www.kotokasuzuki.com/


SHINTARO IMAI
b. 1974

Subtle Oscillation I, 2014/5
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
for tape solo
world premiere 3/2017, Tokyo

Subtle Oscillation II, 2014/5
commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
for voice, recorder & tape
world premiere 3/2017, Tokyo

Shintaro Imai (1974) was born in Nagano, Japan. He studied composition and computer music with Takayuki Rai, Erik Oña and Cort Lippe at Sonology Department of Kunitachi College of Music. After completing his post graduate study in Tokyo, he was invited to attend the Course of Composition and Computer Music at Ircam (Paris) where he studied composition with Philippe Hurel. Between 2002 and 2003 he was the recipient of a grant from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, and worked as a guest composer at ZKM Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2004, he was artist-in-residence at the DAAD Berlin, and worked as a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studio TU Berlin. Since 2008, he has several times directed music of the Bauhaus Stage Projects and worked with Torsten Blume at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. In 2012, he was a tutor at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. As well as composing purely instrumental pieces, he has developed a real-time algorithmic sound-generating system by means of extended granular sampling techniques, which he called “Sound Creature”. His music is related to the organization of microscopic movements of noise inherent in any given natural sound. He was awarded a “Residence Prize” at the 26th International Electroacoustic Music Competition of Bourges in 1999, and invited to be composer-in-residence at the Swiss Center for Computer Music in Zurich in December 2000. His awards include the First Prize and “Special Prize for Young Composer” at MUSICA NOVA 2000 International Electroacoustic Music Competition in the Czech Republic, “EARPLAY Composers Prize” at EARPLAY 2001 Composers Competition in USA, the First Prize at ZKM International Competition for Electroacoustic Music »Short Cuts: Beauty« in Germany, the Special Prize at Yvar Mikhashoff Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project (with pianist Heather O’Donnell), and a working grant at the Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop, Germany. His works have also been selected and performed at numerous international festivals and conferences including International Computer Music Conference 1999 in Beijing and ISCM World Music Days 2002 in Hong-Kong. He is an Assistant Professor at Sonology Department of Kunitachi College of Music.

http://www.shintaroimai.com/

DAI FUJIKURA
b. 1977

Perla, 2006

for bass recorder

Although Dai Fujikura was born in Osaka, he has now spent more than 20 years in the UK where he studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin. During the last decade he has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in UK, Internationaler Wiener Composition Prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize in Austria and Germany respectively and both the OTAKA and Akutagawa awards in 2009. A quick glance at his list of commissions and performances reveals he is fast becoming a truly international composer. His music is not only performed in the country of his birth or his adopted home, but is now performed in venues as geographically diverse as Caracas and Oslo, Venice and Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and Paris. In his native Japan he has been accorded the special honour of a portrait concert in Suntory Hall in October 2012. In London where he chooses to live with his wife and family, he has now received two BBC Proms commissions, his Double Bass Concerto was recently premiered by the London Sinfonietta and in 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra will give the UK premiere of ‘Atom’ as part of the Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan. The French music world too has taken him to its hearts with numerous commissions, culminating in his first opera – an artistic collaboration with Saburo Teshigawara, which will be co-produced by Theatre des Champs Elysées, Lausanne and Lille. In Germany the European premiere of ‘Tocar y Luchar,’ the world premiere of which was given in Venezuela by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, was given at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. His next German commission is ‘Grasping’ for the Munich Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in Korea before being brought back to Munich. Switzerland has featured his music at the Lucerne Festival, Austria at the Klangspuren Festival and Norway at the Punkt Festival and a commission in 2013 from the Oslo Sinfonietta. Conductors with whom he has worked include Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Nott, Gustavo Dudamel, the newly-appointed conductor of the Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada and Alexander Liebreich. His compositions are increasingly the product of international co-commissions. In 2012/13 the Seattle and Bamberg Symphony will each give continental premieres of ‘Mina’ for wind a percussion soloists and orchestra and the Asian premiere is currently being negotiated. In 2011/12 the Arditti Quartet performed ‘flare’ in collaborating venues in London, Edinburgh and Tokyo. His opera, which is based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel, Solaris, will be co-produced in both France and Switzerland. In 2012 NMC released the first disc devoted exclusively to his music, "secret forest", and in summer 2013, another album of his works is planned to be released on the KAIROS label, performed by I.C.E. Dai Fujikura is published by G Ricordi & Co, Munich – part of the Universal Music Publishing Classical.

http://www.daifujikura.com/

CHIKASHI MIYAMA
b.
1979

Factoria, 2013

for solo voice and live electronics, commissioned by Swiss contemporary music festival Forum : : Wallis,
world premiere Schloss Leuk, 17 May 2013



Chikashi Miyama is a composer, video artist, interface designer, performer, and author. He received a MA (Sonology/2004) from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan, a Nachdiplom (Komposition im Elektronischen Studio/2007) from Music academy of Basel, Switzerland, and a Ph.D (Composition/2011) from University at Buffalo, New york, USA. In 2011, he received a reserach grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and worked as a visiting researcher at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. He has studied with Takayuki Rai, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jacob Ulmann, Erik Oña, and Cort Lippe. His compositions have received an ICMA award (2011/UK) from the International Computer Music Association, a second prize in SEAMUS commission competition (2010/St. Cloud, USA), a special prize in Destellos Competition (2009/Argentina), and a honorable mention in the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition (2002/France). His works and papers have been accepted by ICMC twelve times, by NIME four times, and selected by various international festivals in 18 countries, such as Mix, Re:New (Denmark), Musica Viva (Portugal), Espace sonore, dBâle, SHIFT (Switzerland), Next generation (Germany), Agora Resonance, Scrime (France), Lica-Mantis, BEAM (UK), June in Buffalo, NWEAMO, SPARK, NYCEMF, SEAMUS (USA), Sonoimágenes (Argentina), SuperCollider symposium, and Pdcon. Several works of him are included on the DVD of the Computer Music Journal Vol.28 by MIT press, and ICMC official CD/DVD(2005/2011). His instructional book of PureData was published by the Works Corporation Inc. in 2013. He is currently teaching at College of Music and Dance, Cologne, Germany and College of Arts, Bern, Switzerland.

http://www.chikashi.net/

 


YOSHIAKI ONISHI
b. 1981

Courbettes, 2014-

commissioned by UMS 'n JIP
world premiere TBA

Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1981, Yoshiaki Onishi is active both as a composer and a conductor, who is currently a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University. His principal teachers at Columbia have been Fabien Lévy, Fred Lerdahl, and Tristan Murail. He received the Artist Diploma (2008) and the Master of Music degrees (2007) in music composition from Yale School of Music. Before Yale, he studied music composition, clarinet and conducting at University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music (Stockton, California), where he graduated in 2004 with the highest honor. Written by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini in 2010 as: “[…] a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as JACK Quartet (US), Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Nieuw Ensemble (The Netherlands). Onishi is a recipient of several honors. He was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers. Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a commission from Ensemble Intercontemporain as a result of Projet Tremplin. As a conductor, Onishi is in great demand. The ensembles and orchestras he has conducted are Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yale Philharmonia, Iktus Percussion, Mantra Percussion, Loadbang, and PMF Academy Ensemble, to name a few. He has collaborated with composers such as Zosha Di Castri, Curtis K. Hughes, Alec Hall, Bryan Jacobs, Wang Lu, Kate Soper and Matthew Ricketts. His interests in promoting contemporary music were featured in the Pacific Music Festival’s 20th year anniversary book.

http://yoshionishi.com/


KEITARO TAKAHASHI
b. 1986


surge, 2013
commissioned by Swiss contemporary music festival Forum : : Wallis

world premiere version I (amplified voice & subbass recorder in F): Schloss Leuk, 17 May 2013

world premiere version II (amplified voice & subbass recorder in F, live electronics): Basel, Musikakademie, 15 June 2013



world premiere version III (amplified voice & subbass recorder in F, live electronics, live video): Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, 19 Oct 2013

Keitaro Takahashi is a composer, video artist and interface designer born in Tokyo, Japan in 1986. His musical identity has been influenced mainly by the cultures and philosophies derived from East Asian countries. However, at the same time, he has an intention to employ European methods of music creation, expression, and composition, along the axis of time and structure on his creations. These european elements have important role in building his own music language. One of his important goal in his creative activity is to integrate East Asian and European cultures in order to establish a new concept for music creation. That being said, he is not willing to just bring East Asian music into European music, nor simulate East Asian music by using European methods. However, he is willing to integrate between the two by employing instrumental, electronic, or environmental sounds in his music according to the way of East Asian philosophies and concepts. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan, in 2009 and M.A. of music composition in Basel Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in 2011. He studied composition and computer music with Professors Takayuki Rai and Cort Lippe and computer programming with Mr. Shu Matsuda. Keitaro is a member of the DIPS (Digital Image Processing with Sound) development team. He is also developing an MPM (Music with Video Sequence) application with Professor Rumi Hiraga at the Tshukuba University of Technology. MPM helps the hearing impaired have a musical experience with supplemental visual information. Currently, Keitaro Takahashi is at the Basel (Switzerland) Musik-Akademie working on his Specialized M.A. degree in composition with Professor Eric Oña.

http://neoterize.net/

 


KANOKPAK CHANGWITCHUKARN
b. 1994

Lullaby, 2014
for recorder and voice

Kanokpak Changwitchukarn was born on the 1st April 1994. He finished his grade 9 at Assumption Thonburi School. After that he began to study the Pre-College Program at College of Music, Mahidol University, after which he continued his undergraduate level at the same place majoring in composition. He started piano lessons with Mr. Sorapong Terdsuwan and Ms. Leela Sakjaroen while he was in grade 7. At high school he studied with Mr. Bakthiyor Allaberganov. In that time, he also took Theory and Composition lessons with Mr. Valeiry Rizaev. At the present, he is in undergraduate level majoring in composition having Mr. Valeiry Rizaev as his instructor. In 2014/2015 he studies with Prof. Motoharu Kawashima as an exchange student at Kunitachi, College of Music, JAPAN.


SHUGO TANAKA
b. 1992

The Mist, 2014-
for recorders and countertenor

Shugo Tanaka is a Japanese composer. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1992, but he mainly grew up in Kagoshima as a child. He has studied composition with Makiko Arimura at Kagoshima Prefecture Shoyo High School, and he has studied composition with Toshiya Watanabe and Motoharu Kawashima at Kunitachi College of Music. He graduated from Composition Course of Music Department of Kagoshima Prefecture Shoyo High School, and he is a senior of Composition Department of Kunitachi College of Music. He often composes works with game elements and works which get audiences to easily understand differences in tone by not changing pitch.

http://shugotanaka.tuzikaze.com/index.html


MATSUO KENSHIRO

Three Sacred Treasures, 2014
for voice and recorders

UMS ´N JIP/jh