Performances of my new in-development project will take place on 18th-20th May 2022 @ Toshima Civic Hall, Tokyo
"How Was It For You?": a new musical drama taking Mori Ogai's short novel, "Vita Sexualis"(1909) as a springboard to explore themes of Relationship and Sex Education within Japan and the UK.
Stumbling across the long-forgotten diary of an ancestor, a young woman is disappointed to find she can’t understand the written Japanese. She asks her cousin in Japan to help her read it, only to find the book is not so much a diary, but rather the ancestor’s attempts to write about his sex life. Embarrassed, but curious, the cousins read on. But has much changed since then? Do they find it any easier to find answers to their burning questions, to share their private thoughts and experiences?
I envisage this project as a series of performances, with each ‘episode’ being researched and performed in a different location. The "pilot episode" performances in Tokyo this May marks the beginning of this project’s journey. Sneak peaks and video footage to come!
On Sunday 19th December @ 10am UTC, Sound & Word Network will host a panel discussion and screening of our collaborative audio-visual piece, "Chain of Works:1" at The Arc Project Festival.
Link to our event on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2380320059?pwd=dGcvSkZhaFNMYVlVa2FZTFNEa1czQT09
A panel of 4 artists who contributed to "Chain of Works: 1" will represent the network: Altair Hernandez Martinez, Ana Gnjatović, Neil Luck and myself.
The festival is full of exciting events, and free to attend!
You can now watch my talk about THE鍵KEY at the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2021 Symposium
A full programme for the symposium can be found on the festival's website: "Meeting of Worlds: Traditional Instruments and Their Role in Contemporary Composition".
In my talk, "Japanese & Western Art Forms in “THE鍵KEY”: an Immersive Opera", I will shed light on why particular instruments were chosen, the results of their combination, and the effect this had on the creative process. I shall also share footage from the Tokyo and London performances.
Talk date: Thursday 9th September 2021, 14:00-14:30 UK time, online/Prague
Naomi Sato shall perform "After 9-5" at Suture Festival in Soven, Germany, August 14th at 3pm.
Tickets & info: https://www.suturesoven.com/SUTURE-FESTIVAL
Suture Festival presents an exciting programme of contemporary and experimental music in the village of Soven, located within a biosphere reserve just a couple of hours from Berlin.
"After 9-5" for sho and electronics was created through an ongoing exchange between Berlin-based writer, Charlotte Wührer and myself. Naomi Sato (sho) shall give the European premiere at Suture Festival.
A playlist focusing on my work will be played on WebSYNradio from tonight! (1st July)
When: 1st - 14th July, every night @ 8pm (UTC+2)
The podcast will be available shortly after.
Also featuring work by Tomoko Hojo, Ana Gnjatovic, and Naomi woo + Sophie Seita.
On 13th February 2021, Tomoko Hojo and I held an experimental live event, "Assorted Sounds", at OTOOTO, Tokyo, with guests Atsumi Kojima (sho) and Chiho Oka (sound artist). We presented improvisational performances and new work, including my piece "After 9-5", created though an exchange with writer, Charlotte Wührer.
「音のつめあわせ」はサウンド・アーティストの北條知子と一緒に企画されたコンサートです。今回は、笙奏者の小島篤美とサウンド・アーティストの岡千穂をゲストに迎え、新作発表、即興演奏をおこないました。上演された« After 9-5» は私と作家シャルロット・ヴューラー （ベルリン）との共同制作作品である。
Our performance video is free to watch, but donations are much appreciated. We couldn't invite a live audience, so in place of buying a ticket, please buy us a coffee to support our work! Thank you!
In August 2020, Francesca co-founded the “Sound & Word Network” with writer Charlotte Wührer, to facilitate international collaborations between composers/sound artists and writers. Check out the website to learn more about our members and initial projects!
On Sunday 21st March 2021, UTC 9.30am-11am, the network's first collaborative project, "Chain of Works: 1", will be streamed at the TAma Music & Arts Festival. For access to the YouTube link, visit the TAma Festival Facebook event page.
The "Chain of Works:1" project is supported by the Emergency Comprehensive Aid package for Cultural Art Activities by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
2020年8月に作家のCharlotte Wührerと一緒に“Sound & Word Network”を開始しました。これは世界中の「サウンドアーティスト」（作曲家、即興奏者、インストレーションアーティスト等）と「言葉アーティスト」（作家、詩人等」を繋がり、コラボレーションを開発するためのネットワークです。ぜひ、ホームページをご覧ください！
ネットワークの初プロジェクト「Chain of Works:1」はTAma Music and Arts Festival 2021 - 第3回タマフェスに発表されます。コンサート詳細：
「Chain of Works:1」の助成：令和2年度 文化芸術活動の継続支援事業
THE鍵KEY: an award-winning, site-specific opera composed and directed by Francesca Le Lohé, inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's novella of the same name.
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