New York City at Scandinavia House/Victor Borge Hall
58 Park Avenue, New York (between 37th and 38th Streets)
February 17th, 8pm: The Works of Tokuhide Niimi
February 18th, 5:30pm: Diversification of Japanese Contemporary Music
For the 43rd season MFJ will present its third year of the Artist Residence Program to facilitate dialogue between composers, critics and music scholars from the US and Japan.
On Saturday, February 17th, and Sunday, February 18th 2018 ,MFJ will present two concerts. The Saturday concert, The Works of Tokuhide Niimi, will feature three of the composer’s pieces, including one new work commissioned by MFJ. The Momenta String Quartet, the C4 Vocal Ensemble and other world-renowned New York-based musicians will perform these inspiring works. A lecture by Toshie Kakinuma called “Trends of Contemporary Music in Japan after the Osaka Expo in 1970” will precede the concert at 7pm. The Sunday concert, Diversification of Japanese Contemporary Music, is curated by Professor Toshie Kakinuma and will feature new work by Japanese composers. The evening will include two world premieres of MFJ commissions written by Makiko Nishikaze and Mayu Masuda. Ms. Masuda’s new piece is written for voice and wagon, an ancient Japanese 6-string koto. Kayoko Nakagawa will perform this exciting new repertoire on this rare instrument. Both concerts will be followed by open forums with composers, musicologists, and critics.
The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Foundation for the Arts
The Asahi Shimbun Foundation