VIDEO: Talk and Performance (Part 1)
In the first 4 minutes or so of session #27, I welcomed participants and introduced special guests for the day-Dai Fujikura and two musicians who played Dai’s pieces, Makoto Yoshida on clarinet and Yu Hosoi on cello.
“Talk show” with Dai continued for about 20 minutes. Dai explained how he got interested in composing music at the very young age, while taking piano lessons from the strict teacher. From his experience of how he was taught, Dai and I talked briefly about how teaching is usually done in Japan, including his experience of running composition workshop for children in Fukushima. (His rule is “NO adults can interfere”.)
Dai shared his experience of going to school in England by himself on music scholarship and how business-like the school treated him by having him play at a variety of concerts.
He then explained his recent activities including his first opera “Solaris” in Paris, Lausanne and the other city. The concert hall his piece was premiered in Paris was where the Rite of Spring by Stravinsky was first played in 1913. He explained how Stravinsky’s piece which almost caused a riot at the premier changed the music AND influenced the music since then, even including the commercial music.
His goal of making contemporary music is to make completely new music for the future in the same way as Stravinsky did change what music should be. He touched upon the recent trend of multiple orchestras commissioning the new piece of contemporary music like his recent piece, “Infinite Strings” so that funding is secured AND more opportunities offered to play the piece.
At about 24 minutes into the video, we heard three pieces composed by Dai. First was 1 minute piece by Makoto Yoshida on clarinet with some explanation by Dai. Second was cello piece performed by Yu Hosoi, showing how one instrument could show different tone. Last piece was entitled “Sakana-fish” by clarinet, which gave a visual image of fish in the dark, deep ocean. Performance lasted about 20 minutes in total.
Dai explained many interesting things including how our ears get “educated” to accept certain type of music
VIDEO: Presentation and Closing Talk (Part 2)
After the breakout session for some 40 minutes, 8 groups shared their ideas to make contemporary music more accessible to the public. Their ideas included:
Because it is different from the type of music we know, it is critical to bring the music directly to people so that they can have experience.
Best target group would be children because they are open to new ideas.
The way to reach children includes going to school, offering online programs etc.
Because contemporary music is different, new and unique, some companies (and schools) may be interested in making company/school song with this type of music.
Explanation of the concept behind music and instrument is very important for better understanding.
Collaborate with other types of arts and creative people such as designers, actors, dancers etc. would be effective.
Offer music not in the conventional concert hall, but other places which fit the concept such as aquarium, zoo, etc.
Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo could be used to promote as it offers good opportunities not only for the Japanese government, but also many private sectors companies to portray new and cool Japan. So get them sponsor the event.
Mobile phone/smart phone application could be developed to share opinions/impressions of the music.
At the end, Dai made some comments about his first opera Solaris as collaboration of different creators and technology. He also talked about the importance of sound.
VIDEO: Before Session (Part 3)
I interviewed Dai Fujikura before the session in Japanese and in English. He contrasted the availability of different types of music today and the time of Beethoven and others. He shared his expectations from the session.
VIDEO: After Session (Part 4)
I interviewed two people-one Japanese and the other British student. The interview with the Japanese lady was in both Japanese and in English. She shared her impression of the session.
The student also shared her impression of the session and her plan to stay in Japan
＃Session 27 “Davos Experience in Tokyo” series
June 26, 2015
“Bringing Music to the World”
For session #27 of Davos Experience in Tokyo series on June 26, we will invite Mr. Dai Fujikura, contemporary music composer, born in Japan and now based in London. We often say that “music transcends national boundaries” and “music and art will bring the world together”.
Dai will discuss how he sees the music in the world, the career as contemporary music composer, and his recent activities throughout the world.
We find many people are not familiar with contemporary music and probably have limited experience of listening to the contemporary music. Is the situation the same throughout the world? Are now famous composers of classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart once “contemporary music composers”?
Dai was born in Osaka, but went to the UK at the age of 15 to study music. He studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin.
In the past ten years, he has received numerous prizes in Europe. They include Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Award in UK, and Paul Hindemith Prize in Germany. He received OTAKA award in 2009 and again this year, 2015.
His commissions and performances indicate that he is now becoming an internationally acclaimed composer. His first opera “Solaris” was recently performed in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYxsLu9KVsw
He composes the kind of music he likes and does not particularly like to be categorized as contemporary music composer. He wants many more people to get to know the type of music he composes and become familiar with a variety of music.
At #27 of Davos Experience in Tokyo series, we will develop ideas to make contemporary music much more accessible to the people in the world and to get to know this type of music.
Come and join us to find out more about the contemporary music scene in the world, his activities including the performances in Japan and New York, and think creatively about the ideas to make the contemporary music more accessible to many more people.
Check the following site for recent interview with Dai Fujikura,
藤倉さんは、有名な音楽家が多いという理由から、15歳のときに一人で音楽を学びに英国に行き、それ以来英国を中心に活動しています。これまで、Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick, George Benjaminなどに師事してきました。
ここ10年ほど、英国のHuddersfield Festival Young Composers Awardや Royal Philharmonic Society Award, ドイツのPaul Hindemith Prizeなど、ヨーロッパで数々の賞を受賞していますし、日本でも、2009年2015年と尾高賞を受賞しています。最近パリで「Solaris」という藤倉さん初のオペラが上演されました。Solarisに関するビデオはこちらからどうぞ。