"On an Endless Road"
Concert and talk reflecting on feminism through music,
100 years since the death of writer and feminist anarchist, Itō Noe (1895-1923).
Programme to include my new piece for biwa highlighting Itō
and violin & piano music by her contemporaries.
Sunday 10th December 2023
Venue: Jiyūgakuen Myōnichikan Hall, Tokyo
2 Chome-31-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0021
General admission: 3000 yen
Students: 2000 yen
Supporter: 5000 yen
「知られざる未開の道はなを永遠に黙して永く永く無限に続く」コンサート＆トーク2023年12月10日 / "On an Endless Road: Ito Noe & the Women Composers of her Era" Concert & Talk: 10/12/2023
"On an Endless Road: Ito Noe & the Women Composers of her Era"
Concert & talk at Jiyugakuen, Tokyo, 10th December 2023 @ 6pm.
Featuring my new work for biwa celebrating the life
of writer and feminist anarchist Ito Noe (1895-1923).
Programmed alongside violin & piano music
by Japanese women composers contemporary to Ito:
Koda Nobu (1870-1946) and Yoshida Takako (1910-1956).
Composer & curator: Francesca Le Lohé
Biwa: Akiko Kubota
Violin: Yoshida Kaoruko
Piano: Maeda Akane
Talk guests: Iida Yuko (Nagoya University) & Watanabe Ai (jwcm)
Tickets go on sale on 18th September 2023!
In April 2023, I participated in "An Orchestration of Personalities": a 3-day cross-cultural composition lab run byLOD Muziektheater & ENOA at Concertgebouw Brugge. The lab invited composers to workshop new compositions for members of Ensemble Zar, led by composer Bushra El-Turk. It was a privilege to work with such wonderful musicians and fellow composers; it was a truly stimulating and rewarding learning experience.
The piece I brought to workshop was inspired by kamanche player Faraz Eshghi's comment that the kamanche was 'for the detail which becomes clear when zooming in on a photograph'. This shaped my approach when writing 'Closer'. An extract of the piece can be heard at the Soundcloud link below.
Kamanche: Faraz Eshghi / Daegum: Hyelim Kim / Accordion: Milos Milivojevic
Thank you to the Britten Pears Foundation for sponsoring my participation in the workshop.
I shall be speaking about the interplay of Japanese and Western artforms in my immersive opera, THE鍵KEY at the Japan Research Centre, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.
The talk is free to attend, online via Zoom or in person. More info and free tickets here
Date: Wednesday 3rd May 2023
Time: 5-7pm UK time
Venue: Online and in-person @ Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,
London, WC1H 0XG
It was an exciting and frutiful experience to take part in FutureEverything's Innovation Lab 2023 with the University of Manchester on January 18th. The intensive day focused on 'Creative Tech' themes, and enabled members of arts organisation IOU and I to team up with academics from UoM to develop pitches for research projects to receive funding. We were successful and our seed funding will go towards developing the My Three Words: Worldwide project!
My Three Words: Worldwide is a collaborative multimedia project between Sound & Word Network, The Arc Project and IOU. It builds on the knowledge learned from IOU’s My Three Words pilot project celebrating the town of Goole.
My Three Words: Worldwide will invite artists from any medium to contribute to a web-based installation, from anywhere in the world. Each artist’s contribution will be inspired by a location and the three words used on the what3words app, that has a special significance for them.
We want the artworks to be pinned on a digital, interactive map or spinnable globe, allowing audiences to search the world and find new artwork in diverse places. Thanks to the innovation lab, we were able to discuss the challenges with experts at the university, who will now undertake research for the project and prototyping of the interactive map platform.
I am delighted to be taking part in Psappha ensemble's "Composing for Pipa" scheme. I will be learning about the instrument and writing a new 5 minute piece for pipa virtuoso, Cheng Yu. The finished piece will be filmed and released online by Psappha in May 2023.
Ensemble Falke will perform Que Morro (2013) for string trio as part of their "Crossing Gazes: Japanese Culture and Western Art Music" series.
27/10/22: Tenoji temple, Tokyo, Japan
31/10/22: Fukufuku Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
I shall be collaborating with Babel Artistic Director Joseph Lynch to lead a one day creative workshop exploring the meeting points between music, movement and theatre making. Participants will be taken through a dynamic mix of exploratory exercises in response to work made by visual artist Caroline AskerogJones.
Date: Wednesday 24th August 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm
Place: Clod Ensemble Studios
Supported by Help Musicians
Participation is free of charge. Book a place using the button above (spaces limited)
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