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Ryoko Aoki

face2.jpg   Ryoko Aoki graduated from the Faculty of Music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music with coursework in Japanese Noh theatre (Kanze school).  She obtained a Master of Music from the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music Graduate School.  Currently, she has researched "Women and Noh" on her PhD at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.
   She has played several traditional Noh plays, and she has also challenged collaborations with contemporary composers as a Noh singer.  She has worked with 
Peter Eötvös and Toshio Hosokawa, amongst others.  She was invited to perform at ZKM, Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Freie University Berlin, the University of Bonn, International Bartók Festival in Hungary, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Villa Medici, Istituto Giapponese di Cultura in Rome, Tokyo International Performing Arts Festival, Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, ART COMPLEX produced by Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Takefu International Music Festival in Japan.  She performed Noh dance in "Xenakis and Japan" produced by Electronic Music Foundation in NYC in 2010.  She had a concert with the Münchener Kammerorchester at the Münchener Kammerspiele in 2011.  She also had performances in Radialsystem V in Berlin during Asia-Pacific Weeks and gave Noh workshops for Sasha Waltz and Guests in 2011.  She performed Peter Eötvös's Harakiri with ensemble Alter Ego in Rome in 2011.  She performed Cage and Hosokawa's pieces with the Arditti String Quartet as part of their Japan tour in 2012.  In 2013 she made her debut at Teatro Real de Madrid as the role of Malinche in Wolfgang Rihm's opera "Die Eroberung von Mexico" (La Conquista de México), which was organised by Gerard Mortier.  She has organised her project "Noh × Contemporary Music" to commission new pieces from 2010. Her debut CD "Noh × Contemporary Music" was released in June 2014. 
   Upcoming engagements include Spain tour with Plural ensemble in Madrid and Peter Eötvös's Harakiri in Budapest in October 2014.

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management 
OKAMURA&COMPANY INC
Masako Okamura


magazine / newspaper 
Shiseido "Hanatsubaki" Woman 2013/10
The Asahi Newspaper 2010/11/28
The New York Times 2010/2/28
ITOKI Spina Kengo Kuma × Ryoko Aoki 

radio
Radio France : France Musique 2010/9/10

 
TV
NHK TV "NHK Haiku"  


award 


performance archive


-research

publications 

3.2013
"How Did the Tokyo Music School Influence the Birth of Female Noh Performers?
―By the Instrumentality of Ikenouchi Nobuyoshi and Kanze Sakon―"
Journal of Atomi University Faculty of Literature No.48 pp.59-74.

3.2003 
"Women Noh Performers"
Journal of the Society for the Study of Musical Drama No.10 pp.1-18.

2.2000

"Analysis of Noh and composition of Noh-Opera using a sinusoidal model"
by Ken Ito (Keio University)
Ken-Ichi Sakakibara (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
Ryoko Aoki (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music)
Naotosi Osaka (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
published in "Information Processing Society of Japan" journal. 


presentations / demonstrations   

23.2.2014 
Daniel Recital Hall, California State University, Long Beach, CA, US

25.1.2014
"TIME WALKER" Panel discussion:Chihiro Minato × Gozo Yoshimasu × Ryoko Aoki 
Tokyo International Forum 

12.12.2013 

1.11.2012 
Hochschule for music and theatre Hannover, Germany

22.7.2012 
20th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Musical Drama 
National Noh Theatre 
Presentation "The Construction of Japanese Noh Theatre as an Abstract Art"

15.5.2012 
"Women and Japanese Noh Theatre" 
International Research Center "Interweaving Cultures in Performance" 
Berlin Freie University, Germany

17.3.2012 
Panel: "Women in Noh"
"The Construction of Japanese Noh Theatre as a Masculine Art : an Analysis of its Traditional and Modern Discourses" 

27.8.2011 
Presentation at the 13th international conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies in Estonia
"The Construction of Japanese Noh Theatre as an Abstract Art : an Analysis of its Traditional and Modern Discourses" 

21.2.2011
Une matinée autour du Nô in Villa Medici, Rome
Presentation : Noh music
Demonstration of Noh "Matsukaze"

17.2.2011
Conference guilt Ⅱ at the University of Bonn
Presentation : Guilt in Japanese Noh Theatre
Demonstration of Noh "Yashima"
Toshio Hosokawa "From Japanese Folk Song"

25.2.2009
Portrait Concert of Toshio Hosokawa at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 
Demonstration of Noh "Matsukaze"
Toshio Hosokawa "From Japanese Folk Song"

27.11.2006 
Presentation at Noh Institute regular meeting at the Tokyo University
"Considering Women Noh Performers Now"

5.8.2006 
Demonstration of Noh play "Makiginu" at the Japan Univeristy Art Faculty
ORCNANA & APPAN International Conference

20.4.2002 
Presentation at the Society for the Study of Musical Drama
"The Possibility of Women`s Noh Performance from a Historical Perspective"


scholarship 
The British Council Japan Association
Nomura Foundation
Rohm Music Foundation


workshops

9.9.2008

Takefu International Music Festival
Noh workshop for composers

6.7.2007 
Intermediate presentations of composers' workshops for "ONGAKU×ONGYOKU"

Since 4.2007, there had been a series of 10 Noh workshops for the composers towards the upcoming performance in September. For this time, presentations of the intermediate process result were supervised by Joji Yuasa.

25.11.2005 
Noh workshop at the Hull Univeristy, U.K.

13-17.09.2005 
Noh workshop at the Inha Univeristy and Kyonhi University, Korea

20-26.6.2005 
Noh workshop at the SOAS, University of London, U.K.

1-7.9.2004
Noh workshop at the SOAS, University of London, U.K.