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Pianist Masanobu Ikemiya presents a program of ragtime and classical selections, plus commentary and images, for this recital in the big barn.
Play of Water in Nature
- Ravel — Jeux d’eau (Play of Water)
- Henry Cowell — “Tide of Manaunaun” (1912)
- Kay Gardner — Rhapsody in A minor (“Sea of Maine”, 1977)
- Chopin — Étude Opus 25 No. 12 in C minor “Ocean”
- Brahms — Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Power of Water (music with slide show)
- Chopin — “Rain Drop” Prelude
Joy of Ragtime
- Scott Joplin — Maple Leaf Rag (1899)
- Joseph Lamb — Ragtime Nightingale (1915)
- Scott Joplin — Pineapple Rag (1905)
- Others TBA
About the Artist
Mr. Ikemiya was born in 1946 in China to a Japanese Christian missionary family, but grew up in Kyoto and Kansas. He was educated at Oberlin College (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.).
In 1972 he came to Maine to join the Zen Buddhist Monastery in Surry, where he was a practicing monk for 10 years. In 1980, he founded the Arcady Music Festival and served as its artistic director for 24 years.
Mr. Ikemiya developed an interest in American ragtime music while volunteering at a homeless shelter in Harlem. He has since made five ragtime recording, lending new life to this American art form. Since 1995, he has toured frequently in Japan with members of the New York Philharmonic and with the New York Ragtime Orchestra. He performed at the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration at United Nations Headquarters and received an award from the UN for promoting world peace through music. He has also been recognized by the Maine State Senate and House of Representatives for his “contribution to the cultural life of the state.”
Mr. Ikemiya has performed around the world — in the former Soviet Union, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Taiwan, Cambodia, Philippines, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Portugal, Brazil, Guam, Hawaii, India, Korea, Canada, and throughout the United States.
He and his wife enjoy a self-sustaining lifestyle, farming organically at their permaculture homestead (with passive solar house) on Mount Desert Island.
Here is an engaging and lengthy profile by Laurie Schreiber at BDN Maine.
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