ABOUT Music Crossroad
With encounters between artists from different fields, we aspire to see new horizons of arts.
Aiming to create such opportunities, Kanagawa Arts Foundation launched its Artistic Directors’ Project.
Toshi Ichiyanagi, artistic general director of the foundation, and Akira Shirai, artistic director of Kanagawa Arts Theatre, seek new ways of collaboration through the project.
In the experimental work, the two directors enjoy exciting process of finding different viewpoints and points in common in their different modes of expression.
The foundation hosts the project every year at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Kanagawa Arts Theatre and Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo in turn.
Can we find out a way to break through the limits of arts --- which somehow look reflecting our own chaotic society?
For this year’s Music Crossroad, Toshi Ichiyanagi serves as music director and Akira Shirai as space supervisor.
150 years have passed since Japan encountered the modern world of Western Europe and America.
Where is the standpoint of arts in Japan which experienced drastic turning points?
It was a struggle for process Japan to accept different culture and to produce its original expression.
Toshi Ichiyanagi, who has been active on the front line, chose composers form three generations, Madoka Mori, Kazutomo Yamamoto and Ichiyanagi himself.
Three different expressions, which stand on different standpoints as well as live same contemporary world meet together.
In three concertos, a cello, a piano and three kotos meet orchestra in their own way.
In Madoka Mori’s piece, the sonorous cello constructs an “ Atrium of Sound ” with the orchestra.
Kazutomo Yamamoto creates unprecedented sound space with lots of silk treads stretched out from three kotos on the stage into whole audience.
Toshi Ichiyanagi plays piano solo of his own piece divided in six sections, of which order is randomly switched and some demanding internal play.
Spirited musicians appear in the performance: conductor Yoichi Sugiyama, cellist Michiaki Ueno, and koto players Noriko Hirata, Yuiko Terai and Hiroyasu Nakajima. Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, whose performance is getting matured recent years, joins the concert.
Takaki Sudo, video director, visualizes Akira Shirai’s concept. He has collaborated with those icons ahead of our time like Chelfitsch, Mum & Gypsy, etc,.
Today’s program is completed as a result of encounters between many artists.
The building of Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo is a masterpiece of post-war modernism architecture by Kunio Maekawa, who studied under Le Corbusier. As the first public concert hall in Japan, the Ongakudo hall has also functioned as a place for encounters between audience and world-level music.
We hope audiences enjoy the performance as a crossroad for a variety of creative abilities to meet.