MFJ Festival 2023 New York

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MFJ Festival 2023 New York

Music From Japan is thrilled to present its Festival 2023 New York, 48th Season, and Eighth Artist Residency

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Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue New York, NY 10016

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  • 1 day 3 hours
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On Saturday, March 4, at 7:30pm, COLORS: Contemporary Vocal Works of Japan will feature seven inspiring vocal pieces, preceded by a lecture at 7:00pm from the program’s curator, Akane Matsudaira, titled “Vocal Works of Japan – from a singer’s perspective”. In addition to her curatorial work, Ms. Matsudaira is also an acclaimed soprano and music critic, performing extensively with a particular expertise on contemporary (sometimes experimental) repertoire. She has assembled works by a wide array of composers including the 91-year old Yoriaki Matsudaira.

On Sunday, March 5, at 5:00pm, Current Sounds Japan III will introduce Yoshihiro Kanno, Madoka Mori, and Akira Ito, three dynamic Japanese composers working today. Between them, these artists have been commissioned by some of contemporary music’s foremost ensembles, winning numerous awards along the way. They hold teaching positions at premier colleges and universities and belong to (even preside over) such organizations as The Japan Federation of Composers. Each of these composers will contribute two pieces – one from their body of work and the other newly commissioned by MFJ for this occasion – all of which will be either a US or World Premiere. The concert will be preceded by a lecture from Professor Yuji Namano titled, “Recent Trends in Japanese Contemporary Music” at 4:30pm.

Saturday’s concert will be followed by an open Q&A, and Sunday’s by a forum with the Japanese composers/curators and US performers involved. As always, some of the most renowned musicians in the New York area will perform the highly adventurous repertoire on both concerts.

Click here to view the full festival program