TWS will start the series called "dialogue on tradition with avant-garde," in which we think about tradition from various perspectives for seeking new artistic expression.
■Vol.2 2010/11/21 sun. 14:00-
Guest: Toshiro Kido
(Producer, Former Diector of the National Theatre of Japan)
(Composer, Professor at Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences)
■Vol.3 2010/11/21 sun. 16:30-
Guest: Carsten Nicolai (Artist, Musician)
Toshiro Kido, former Director of the National Theatre of Japan, spearheaded a project beginning in the 1970s to reconstruct models of rare and forgotten instruments from the magnificent Shōsō-in Collection housed at Todai-ji, a monastery temple in Nara, Japan. Many of the ancient instruments, having traveled to Japan in the eighth century from across Asia and as far away as Persia, were severely deteriorated by time or existed only in fragment forms when Kido began the reconstruction project. Many of the instruments did not survive in their countries of origin. While at the National Theatre, Kido also commissioned well-known international composers to create new repertoire for both traditional gagaku instruments and the modern of the Shōsō-in instruments. Kido's work led to the emergence of a new genre of music known as reigaku. Currently Kido is a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Masahiro Miwa was born in Tokyo in 1958, and formed a rock band in high school in 1974. In 1978 he moved to Germany to attend the National Academy of Art in Berlin, where he studied composition under Isang Yun. Since 1985 he has studied under Güther Becker at the Robert Schumann National Academy in Düseldorf. He has been teaching computer and electronic music at the Academy since 1988. In 1986 Miwa began to teach himself computer programming, and has since focused on creating computer music. Miwa has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including: the Hambacher Prize (Germany, 1985); the Irino Prize (Japan, 1989); second prize in the Music Today Composition Contest (Japan, 1991); first prize in the Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro (Italy, 1992); and the Muramatsu Award (Japan, 1995). In 1995 he was lecturer at Academy of Media Arts Cologne and since 1996 he is professor at International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences , Gifu, Japan.
NICOLAI is also active a.k.a "alva noto" and "aleph-1." His works often employ unique applications of physical chemistry, such as acoustics, geometry, and crystallography, or minimalist interventions into physical phenomenon and information. He has gained international acclaim for work in many creative fields, including audio and visual arts. He established noton.archiv für ton und nichtton in 1992, and the audio publishing label raster-noton in 1999, and is known for his collaborations with IKEDA Ryoji and SAKAMOTO Ryuichi.