Nocturne: Reemergence Through Music
Hope, Struggle & Rebirth in the Shadow of 3/11
Monday, March 11, 2013
Created in the aftermath of 3/11, acclaimed Amsterdam-based pianist and visual artist Tomoko Mukaiyama brings her multimedia piano performance production Nocturne to New York. Originally consisting of a live piano concert and a gallery installation comprising two pianos destroyed by the tsunami, Mukaiyama remounts this work, a sonic tapestry that seamlessly weaves music by Chopin and contemporary works by Rzewski, Sciarrino, Ligeti, Somei Satoh, with an original composition by Mukaiyama herself. Recorded samples of a children’s choir from the area of the tsunami singing school songs are threaded throughout, and the entire piece unfolds against striking video images captured from the devastated area. This performance takes us from the dark night (“Nocturne”) into the light of a new day. The evening also includes the young and promising violinist Erika Mitsui, performing on an instrument crafted by master Japanese luthier Muneyuki Nakazawa from driftwood found in the tsunami disaster areas. Once the flooring and beams of a house, this material now has a second life in the form of a beautiful stringed instrument.
Followed by a post-performance reception.
$20/$15 Japan Society members
The Nocturne: Reemergence Through Music post-performance reception support is provided in part by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Images, clockwise from left: Shinji Otani; © Takenori Miyamoto; © NIPPON VIOLIN CO., LTD.