I was appointed as the Minato city tourism ambassador!!
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Interview on Confetti webmagazine!! Japan premiere of "Secret Kiss"by Peter Eötvös!!

I appeared on the Asahi newspaper 13 February issue!!!! IMG_0976.JPG IMG_0966.JPG
After Toronto, I came to Gothenburg in Sweden! It is the city of VOLVO!IMG_0563.JPGIMG_0576.JPG 
Just after I arrived in Gothenburg, first rehearsal of Secret Kiss by Peter Eötvös with Gageego!

Gothenburg day 2! Rehearsal with Peter Eötvös! 
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And I enjoyed GP and wonderful concert!!

Gothenburg day 3! Rehearsal with Peter Eötvös and Gageego!
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Very nice night! With Peter Eötvös, Ernst Simon Glaser, the soloist of Eötvös's Cello concerto, and Marco Fekliskoff!! Thank you!!

On the day of the performance!
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Peter give us, musicians, sweet charms because it will be world premiere of his new piece "Secret Kiss"!!

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2019/1/27 18:00- 
Göteborgs Konserthus, Gothenburg, Sweden
Zivkovic On the Guarding of the Heart 
Eötvös Secret Kiss - première (Co-commissioned by Gageego! and the Gothenburg Symphony) 
Ligeti Chamber Concerto 
Eötvös da capo - version for marimba solo 

Gageego! 
Peter Eötvös conductor 
Ryoko Aoki soloist

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We are done!! After the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's "Secret Kiss"!!

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My friend, Mezzo soprano, Charlotte Hellekant came to see my performance from Stockholm!!

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Is it Secret Kiss??w

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Next concert will be Japan premiere of Peter Eötvös's Secret Kiss!

2019/3/9 16:00- 
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo 
Peter Eötvös: Harakiri  
Peter Eötvös: Secret Kiss (International co-commissioned work/Japan Premiere)

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Finally I fly to Japan! Tokyo-Toronto-Gothenburg-Tokyo, long journey!!
In January I came to Toronto to perform Toshio Hosokawa's "Furari Shizuka - The Maiden from the Sea"!!
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University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

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Rehearsing everyday!
The trailer is beautiful!

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I had a photo shooting by Tronto Star!

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Thursday, 17 Jan. 7:30 pm 
Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park 

The Raven 
Krisztina Szabo, mezzo-soprano 
Gregory Oh, conductor 

The Maiden from the Sea (Futari Shizuka) 
Ryoko Aoki, Noh singer and performer 
Xin Wang, soprano 
Lorenzo Guggenheim, conductor 

Paramita Nath, stage director & video projection 
Anna Kajtar, associate producer


Reviews of the opera
Nikkei Newspaper 2019/1/22

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We are done!! With Johannes Debus, the music director of Canadian Opera Company!!


After the performance, I have to fly to Europe for the next concert! But I had one free day, so I went to see Toronto city with Toshio Hosokawa.

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Art Gallery of Ontario designed by Frank Gehry.

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Royal Ontario Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. Snow in Toronto with Toshio Hosokawa!!

I took part in talk with Toshio Hosokawa and Yuji Nawata for web magazine! Toshio Hosokawa will be featured as he got the Japan Foundation Award! Whan002.jpg Whan028.jpg 

I have premiered Valerio Sannicandro's "Last Words" and played Noriko Baba's "hagormo suite" at Umberto Agnelli Hall, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo on 15 December!!
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2018.12.15 [Sat] 16:00 start / 15:30 open 
Umberto Agnelli Hall, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo 
2-1-30 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074 

PROLOGO (Foyer) 
Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Sequenza V (1966) for solo trombone 

FIRST PART (Noh and string quartet - Sala Agnelli) 
Noriko BABA Hagoromo Suite (2017) for voice Noh and string quartet 

SECOND PART (ensemble - Sala Agnelli) 
Federico GARDELLA Nebbiae (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello  
Tomoko FUKUI Sinfonia Concertant da Camera II for piccolo-flute, trombone, violin and piano 
Valerio SANNICANDRO Constructa (2007) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and piano (Premiere JP)

Ensemble ARCIPELAGO 
Ryoko AOKI (Noh voice) 
Jun-ichiro TAKU (flute) 
Hideo KIKUCHI (clarinet) 
Kosei MURATA (trombone) 
Kazue NAKAMURA (piano) 
Yasutaka HEMMI (violin) 
Yoshu KAMEI (violin)
Takahiro YASUDA (viola) 
Tomoki TAI (cello) 
Valerio SANNICANDRO (conductor)

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After the concert!!
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I appear on T JAPAN magazine (The New York Times Style Magazine) 2018 vol.19 issue!! I wear TASAKI jewelry and Giorgio Armani top.

Photo : Masanori Akao 
Hair & Makeup : Keita Iijima 
Text : Masanobu Matsumoto 
Thanks to Fumiko Yamaki!

You can read it online

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I premiered José M. Sánchez-Verdú's and Bruno Dozza's new pieces at Hakuju Hall in Tokyo on 3 November!!

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3 November 2018 [Sat] 15:00 start / 14:00 open *Pretalk 14:15 start 
Hakuju Hall 

【Programme】 
Toru Takemitsu:Between Tides 
Cassadó:Suite for solo cello 
Sánchez-Verdú:"Far Water" for noh voice and violin (World premiere) 
Toshio Hosokawa:Duo for violin and cello 
Granados:Sonata for violin and piano 
Granados(arr. Kleisler):Andalusia 
Falla(arr. Kleisler):"Spanish Dance" from Opera "La vida breve" 
Dozza: "Euridice" for noh voice and violoncello(World premiere) 
Turina:Círcle op.91(Trio) 

【Musicians】 
Ryoko Aoki (noh voice) 
Lina Tur Bonet (violin) 
Aldo Mata (violoncello) 
Qi Shen (piano)

Photo : Hakuju Hall


We had good reviews of the concert! 


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With José M. Sánchez-Verdú's and Bruno Dozza!! Thank you very much for your writing wonderful pieces for me!!!

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Thank you very much for your playing with me!! 

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After the concert, nice Japanese food!!!

Thank you very much, the Embassy of Spain, Cultural Counsellor, Mr. José A. DE ORY!! Thank you very much, Hakuju Hall!!
On 14 October, I performed Noriko Baba's Nopera AOI at Toyoo Ito's new park!! IMG_9078.JPGIMG_9076.JPG 
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2018/10/14 14:00- 
IINA Park KAWAGUCHI, Saitama
Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" (Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata) 
 Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Kazushi Saito (flute) Asuka Hatanaka (percussion)

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On the way to the venue!

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Thank you very much for mini-bonsai!!